C Deck

The C Deck, also called the Shelter Deck, was the highest deck to run uninterrupted from stem to stern. It included the two well decks. It was the fourth deck, counting from the highest deck, the Boat Deck. The C-deck lays 14 meters above the water line. It started to flood at around 1:25 A.M., which is when the bow of the ship started to go down.

Detailed Description

The next lowest deck was C deck. This was the highest deck which extended continuously from bow to stern. At the forward end of it, under the forecastle, was placed the machinery required for working the anchors and cables and for the warping of the ship referred to on B deck above. There were also the crew's galley and the seamen's and firemen's mess-room accommodation, where their meals were taken. This deck is known for its Reception Room

At the after end of the forecastle, at each side of the ship, were the entrances to the third-class spaces below. On the port side, at the extreme after end and opening onto the deck was the lamp room. The break in B deck between the forecastle and the first-class passenger quarters formed a well about 50 feet in length, which enabled the space under it on C deck to be used as a third-class promenade.

This space contained two hatchways, the No. 2 hatch, and the bunker hatch. The latter of these hatchways gave access to the space allotted to the first and second class baggage hold, the mails, specie and parcel room, and to the lower hold, which was used for cargo or coals. Abaft of this well there was a house 450 feet long and extending for the full breadth of the ship.It contained 148 staterooms for first class, besides service rooms of various kinds. On this deck, at the forward first class entrance, were the purser's office and the inquiry office, where passengers' telegrams were received for sending by the Marconi apparatus.

Exit doors through the ship's side were fitted abreast of this entrance. Abaft the after end of this long house was a promenade at the ship's side for second-class passengers, sheltered by bulwarks and bulkheads. In the middle of the promenade stood the second-class library. The two second-class stairways were at the ends of the library, so that from the promenade access was obtained at each end to a second-class main stairway.

There was also access by a door from this space into each of the alleyways in the first class accommodation on each side of the ship and by two doors at the after end into the after well. This after well was about 50 feet in length and contained two hatchways called No. 5 and No. 6 hatches.

Abaft this well, under the poop, was the main third-class entrance for the after end of the vessel leading directly down to G deck, with landings and access at each deck. The effective width of this stair way was 16 feet to E deck. From E to F it was 8 feet wide. Aft of this entrance on B deck were the third-class smoke room and the general room. Between these rooms and the stern was the steam steering gear and the machinery for working the after-capstan gear, which was used for warping the after end of the vessel. The steam steering gear had three cylinders. The engines were in duplicate to provide for the possibility of breakdown of one set.

Notable Areas

Cabins and designs

Cabin Occupants Style
C-7 Caroline Bonnell and Mary Natalie Wick
C-22 Hudson Allison and Bess Allison
C-24 Loraine Allison and Sarah Daniels
C-26 Trevor Allison and Alice Cleaver
C-30 Harry Markland Molson
C-32 Ella White and Marie Young
C-51 Archibald Gracie
C-53 Gilbert Tucker
C-54 Margaret HaysOlive Earnshaw and Lily Potter
C-55 Isidor Straus & Ida Straus Regency: mahogany & gilt panels
C-57 Empire: white & gilt - mahogany beds
C-59 Bedroom A: oak panels, French style
C-61 Bedroom A: oak panels, French style
C-62 Louis XVI: oak panels
C-64 Adam: white panels
C-66 Bedroom A: oak panels, French style
C-68 John Thayer and Marian Thayer Bedroom A: oak panels, French style
C-70 Jack Thayer
C-78 The Minahan family: William MinahanLillian Minahan and their daughter Daisy Minahan
C-80 George Widener and Eleanor Widener
C-82 Harry Widener
C-83 Henry Harris and Irene Harris
C-86 Walter Douglas and Mahala Douglas
C-108 John Maguire
C-110 Walter Porter
C-123 Jacques Heath Futrelle
C-126 Elmer Taylor and Juliet Taylor
C-148 Karl Behr
  • Bedroom B: oak dado, white panels - brass beds
  • Georgian: walnut panels
  • Italian Renaissance: satinwood panels


Decks of the Titanic
Boat Deck · A Deck · B Deck · C Deck · D Deck · E Deck · F Deck · G Deck · Orlop Deck · Tank Top
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