E Deck

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E Deck staircase going to the Squash Court and Post Office

The E Deck is the 6th deck from the bottom, lying 6-7 meters above the waterline.

Many crews cabins, mainly concentrated in the Scotland Road, are positioned a long road without any watertight doors at the port side of the ship. It started flooding at around 12:30 A.M., being one of the earlier decks to flood. It's wider than the usual gangways, is uninterrupted and let much water through during the sinking, causing Titanic to list 2 degrees to the port side after 1:00 A.M.

Most of the Watertight Bulkheads ended at this deck. A few even reached D Deck.

Scotland Road is the nickname for the corridor that ran the length of the ship and connected the 3rd class sections located in the bow and stern areas of the ship.

What makes the 3rd class a little different from 1st or 2nd class is that they are intermingled with the crew. As 3rd class passengers went to breakfast, they might see stewards and cooks going to and from their rooms to the lavatories or to work. Carts of provisions were moved down Scotland Road to various spaces around the ship. NO 1st class passenger ever saw a crewman pushing a hand truck loaded with cases of stewed tomatoes down the corridor!

Detailed Description

The water-tight bulkheads, other than those mentioned as extending to D deck, all stopped at this deck. At the forward end was provided accommodation for three watches of trimmers, in three separate compartments, each holding 24 trimmers. Abaft this, on the port side, was accommodation for 44 seamen. Aft of this, and also on the starboard side of it, were the lavatories for crew and third-class passengers; further aft again came the forward third-class lavatories. Immediately aft of this was a passageway right across the ship communicating directly with the ladder-ways leading to the decks above and below and gangway doors in the ship's side. This passage was 9 feet wide at the sides and 15 feet at the center of the ship.

From the after end of this cross passage main alleyways on each side of the ship ran right through to the after end of the vessel. That on the port side was about 8 ½ feet wide. It was the general communication passage, for the crew and third-class passengers and was known as the working passage. In this passage at the center line in the middle of the length of the shin direct access was obtained to the third-class dining rooms on the deck below by means of a ladder-way 20 feet wide. Between the working passage and the ship's side was the accommodation for the petty officers, most of the stewards, and the engineers' mess room.

This accommodation extended for 475 feet. From this passage access was obtained to both engine rooms and the engineers' accommodation, some third-class lavatories and also some third-class accommodation at the after end. There was another cross passage at the end of this accommodation about 9 feet wide, terminating in gangway doors on each side of the ship. The port side of it was for third-class passengers and the starboard for second class. A door divided the parts, but it could be opened for any useful purpose, or for an emergency. The second-class stairway leading to the boat deck was in the cross passageway.

The passage on the starboard side ran through the first and then the second-class accommodation, and the forward main first-class stairway and elevators extended to this deck, whilst both the second class main stairways were also in communication with this starboard passage. There were 4 first-class, 8 first or second alternatively, and 19 second-class rooms leading off this starboard passage. The remainder of the deck was appropriated to third-class accommodation. This contained the bulk of the third-class accommodation. At the forward end of it was the accommodation for 53 firemen constituting the third watch.

Aft of this in three water-tight compartments there was third-class accommodation extending to 147 feet. In the next water-tight compartment were the swimming bath and linen rooms. In the next water-tight compartments were stewards' accommodation on the port side, and the Turkish baths on the starboard side.  The next two water-tight compartments each contained a third-class dining room.

The third-class stewards' accommodation, together with the third class galley and pantries, filled the water-tight compartment. The engineers' accommodation was in the next compartment directly alongside the casing of the reciprocating engine room. The next 3 compartments were allotted to 64 second-class staterooms. These communicated directly with the second-class main stairways.

The after compartments contained third-class accommodation. All spaces on this deck had direct ladder-way communication with the deck above, so that if it became  necessary to close the water-tight doors in the bulkheads an escape was available in all cases. On this deck in the way of the boiler rooms were placed the electrically driven fans which provided ventilation to the stoke holes.

Notable places




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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