The Third Class General Room was a gathering place for the multitude of steerage passengers. Located on the starboard side of the ship, it served as a lounge and a recreational area and the Third Class Smoke Room was on the port side of the ship and it served as the smoking domain for the men. It was located on C Deck underneath the Poop Deck. It was forward of the Steering Gear Room.
The General Room was a fairly small but popular recreation space for both sexes to interact, usually under the careful watch of their chaperones. There was a piano in the room and passengers with their own instruments could form bands to accompany parties. A party was held in this room the evening of the sinking until the lights were extinguished at 10:00 pm.
The General Room was finished in white enamelled pine and fitted with slat-seated benches and teak chairs. In the interests of hygiene, there were no upholstered surfaces. However, the walls were brightened with posters advertising White Star’s vessels and ports of call.
There is no trace on the decks of the pillars or benches. Only a small pile of floor tiles remain on the lower starboard corner. The forward wall overhangs to fore over the bend D-deck. The brackets connecting the ribs at right to the ceiling beams clung to the peeled up poop deck and resemble teeth in the wreckage. A few floor tiles lie in the lower starboard side of the general room on the wreck. The forward end of this room has collapsed onto D Deck.
|It is panelled and framed in pine and finished enamel white, with furniture of teak. This will be the general rendezvous of the third-class passengers – men, women and children – and will doubtless prove one of the liveliest rooms on the ship... The new field of endeavour is looked forward to with hope and confidence… the interval between the old life and the new is spent under the happiest possible conditions".|