RMS Titanic sank on the 14th April 1912 only 4 days into her maiden voyage. 1517 lives were lost. 100 years on and we are still curious, not to just how such an appalling accident could have happened but also what was life aboard the ship like, and particularly, what did they eat?
There were three classes of travel aboard, First, Second and Third class, also known as Steerage. The cost of traveling varied hugely with a 1st Class ticket around £800, 2nd, just over £100 and 3rd, a lowly £30. It is no wonder therefore that standards were so varied. Each class had their own accommodation and style of food and service with first and second class food prepared in the same galley situated on D deck.
With 2229 passengers and crew on board when the ship set sail and with menus of such varying styles of food, the provisions needed for the voyage was enormous; thousands of pounds of meat, vegetables, fruit and flour; thousands of bottles of alcohol and 14,000 gallons of freshwater were drunk each day.
Despite the Titanic being a British ship foods served in first class had more of a continental flavour as was the fashion for food at the time. In second and steerage foods would have been less pretentious and more like the simple British and Irish food served at home.
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