Like many of you, I have been fascinated with the story of RMS Titanic for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure why, exactly. I wasn’t a particularly sympathetic child, grieving over the story of hundreds of lives lost. That was a characteristic I developed in adulthood. I also don’t think that I had some mysterious connection to the gentility of the Edwardian past. I think I was attracted, as many boys are, to the utter grandeur of the ship itself and to the spectacle of the ship dying, as it were. Despite its many flaws, the Leo DeCaprio / Kate Winslet film put me very much in touch with the awe I experienced as a boy reading about and imagining this engineering miracle as it succumbed to the icy Atlantic. Some boys loved cars; I loved massive ocean liners. Go figure.
Anyway, thanks to my friends in Photographic Services, I am bringing you an engineering (sort of) document from our Steamship Ephemera collection: a deck plan of Titanic, sans chairs. In memory of all those who graced that magnificent ship a hundred years ago today.