Titanic Passengers Classes

Titanic image courtesy of the National Museums Northern Ireland Collection


Today it is hard for us to imagine the clear distinctions between the classes of people travelling on Titanic.

What is most notable is the fact that the class structure was not based on ability to pay as we would know today, but upon the social strata into which you were born. 
 

First Class on the Titanic

Titanic first class was the aristocracy such as the Countess of Rothes, Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon and wealthy established families such as the Wideners, the Speddens, the Astors and Benjamin Guggenheim. What they paid for their passage depended on the size of suite or cabin in which they travelled.  Some chose to book suites which contained private dining and living areas as well as bedrooms for themselves and their maids and valets. Prices range from about £260 to £60. For example, the Ryerson family from Pennsylvannia were all travelling on one ticket at a price of £262.  The party included Arthur Ryerson, his wife Emily and three children along with Mrs Ryerson’s maid.  The women and children were rescued by lifeboat number 4. Mr Ryerson did not survive.

First Class Bedroom,  from the National Museums Northern Ireland Collection
Second Class on the Titanic

In second class were those who had achieved success and money through work, people in trades such a miners, teachers and clerks.  Fares ranged from £13 to £79. Edwy and Ada West from the West Country in England were travelling to America to start a new life as fruit farmers in Florida.  Their two daughters Constance aged 4 and Barbara, 10 months were with them.  Ada was also pregnant and later gave birth to a son.  Edwy was lost in the Titanic disaster and the rest of the family returned to England on board the White Star ship, Celtic.  Ada lived in Cornwall until her death aged 74.
 

Third Class on the Titanic

Third class tended to be families emigrating to the United States from Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and England.  In many cases they had sold all they had to afford the passage on Titanic and to allow them a little savings to get started in America.  Initially, many were going to stay with relatives who had already gone out and established themselves in cities like Philadelphia and Chicago.  Within third class there were different standards of accommodation.  The average price for a ticket was around £7 although many were travelling on family tickets costing from £25 to £40.  A typical example would be the Skoog family from Vastergotlan in Sweden. William and Anna Skoog and their four children had been living in Michigan but returned home to Sweden.  They regretted the decision and decided to go back. The children were 11, 9, 5 and 2.  The Skoogs had persuaded two relatives to join them.  They had journeyed from Sweden to Hull in the North of England and travelled south to board Titanic at Cherbourg.  All were lost in the disaster.
 
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megan 18 February 2013
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Grace 27 January 2013
Well really the life boat practice was ment to be a day after the disaster
Robert 25 January 2013
It was very tragic to know lives were lost i personally think it was captains Smith fault because he cancelled the lifeboat practice drills and he didnt worn people about the icebergs he had seen. Also the crew members treated third class unfairly because they locked them in their rooms by gates only to only higher classes to go aboard the lifeboats first. and if some how the third class escaped the crew men would shoot them. Personally i think they should have gave them a chance its like they murded them by lovking them up and not letting them aboar the lifeboats. SOOO MESSED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!
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