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A rendering of the temperate room of the Turkish Bath

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The Turkish Bath complex

The Turkish Baths were an exclusive First Class Accommodation of the Titanic. They were located on F Deck between the Swimming Bath and the Third Class Dining Room. The baths were designed in a Moorish style with heating blankets and service waiters. Passengers had to visit the Purser's Office on C Deck to get a ticket if they wished to relax or use the benefits of Titanic's Turkish Baths.

The Turkish Bath complex was made up of a Steam Room, Hot Room, Temperate Room, Electric Bath, Cooling Room and two Shampoo Rooms where massage was performed.

The Baths were segregated by sex, available to women between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and to men between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. There was a charge of 4 shillings (£19 in 2018) or $1, per person for admission.

The Cool Room was the central feature of the Turkish Baths, decorated in a mix of Moorish/Arabic styles to evoke a Turkish hamam. The walls were adorned with glossy blue-green tiles, richly carved teak, and bronze lamps. Against one wall was a marble drinking fountain. The ceiling was deeply recessed and painted a deep crimson, with gilded beams and hanging lanterns, supported by pillars encased in teak. Unlike the Olympic, the Titanic's cooling room did not have an exterior wall but still included "fake" portholes concealed by a carved Cairo curtain. The doorways were adorned with gilded semi-domes to lend an exotic effect. Throughout the room were teak folding chairs, Damascus tables and cushioned chaise lounges for relaxation. There were also small curtained cubicles for changing.

The cooling room was the most interesting decorated part of the ship. The room contained bronze Arab lamps, impressive tiles and carvings on the walls and ceiling. The portholes were covered with Cairo curtains. The room's noticeable feature was a drinking fountain

There were five members of Titanic's crew that acted as Turkish Bath attendants. They were Annie Caton, John Borthwick Crosbie, Walter Ennis, Maude Slocombe, and Leonard Taylor. The two women survived the sinking while the men did not.

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A screenshot from Titanic: Adventure Out of Time, showing the Turkish Bath flooding.

GamesEdit

The Turkish Baths are featured in the computer game Titanic: Adventure Out of Time. They will also be seen in the brand-new game Titanic: Honor and Glory. Check the official website to view their progress and donate to the creators.

ArtEdit

Ken Marschall has illustrated many parts of the Titanic including the Turkish Baths. Other artists, such as an unnamed artist in 1911, have drawn similar rooms, like the Turkish Baths on the Olympic.

WreckEdit

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The Cooling Room was rediscovered by James Cameron in 2005. It is remarkably well preserved. The room would have flooded early in the sinking and its location deep within the ship insulated it from damage when the bow hit the sea bed. It is largely protected from the destructive microbes and sea creatures which consume more exposed parts of the ship; because of this, the woodwork is in good condition, even the delicate recliners and framework for the dressing rooms survive in recognizable condition.
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