Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Located on C Deck, the Library was one of the most elegant rooms in 2nd class. It was an advantage to 1st and 3rd class which didn't have a library however 1st class had a reading and writing room. It had oak paneling and velvet seats with beautiful lenoleum tables. Lawrence Beasley whom was a science school teacher described the library by saying this: “The library was crowded that afternoon, owing to the cold on deck: but through the windows we could see the clear sky with the brilliant sunlight that seemed to augur a fine night and a clear to-morrow, and the prospect of landing in two days, with calm weather all the way to New York, was a matter of general satisfaction among us all. I can look back and see every detail of the library that afternoon—the beautifully furnished room, with lounges, armchairs, and small writing-or card tables scattered about, writing-bureaus around the walls of the room, and the library in glass-encased shelves flanking one side—the whole finished in mahogany relieved with white fluted wooden columns that supported the deck above. Through the windows is a covered corridor, reserved by general consent as the children’s playground, and here are playing the two Navratil children with their father—devoted to them, never absent from them.” When the TITANIC sank, the room either fell out when the ship broke apart, or it collapsed, or it just hasn't been explored yet.