Titanic Photo PSA:
See these images? Each of these images were taken aboard and shows a room on Titanic. These rooms, excepting the distant possibility of one other, are the ONLY interior areas of the Titanic that were ever photographed for which photos are known to exist today. There are more photos than these, but they show some of the same rooms. The rooms shown above are:
- First Class Staterooms B57, B58, Sitting Room B51, A37, B60, B63, B64, and B59.
- Starboard and Port Private Promenades
- Cafe Parisien
- Starboard-Side Verandah/Palm Court
- Turkish Bath Cooling Room
- Plunge Bath
- Wireless Room
- First Class Dining Saloon
To our knowledge, no photos of any other rooms on Titanic have surfaced. Photos showing any other rooms aside from these, as well as some of these rooms, are of their equivalents aboard Olympic, Titanic’s near-identical sister ship.
The same goes for many exterior photos of Titanic and Olympic. For example, there are no known photos that show Titanic’s propellers. If you see a photo that’s purported to show Titanic’s propellers, such as the face-on one with people standing below them, you can be sure it’s actually Olympic. Other photos are easier to tell apart, most due to the fact that Olympic’s A-Deck promenade was open along its entire length, while Titanic’s was partly enclosed.
The most popular photos associated with Titanic, those of the famous Grand Staircase, are not actually of Titanic, but Olympic. However, due to most people’s ignorance of this fact, and the differences between the two ships, and often that Titanic even had a sister ship, or due to simple misinformation, most postings and even many publications of Olympic’s Grand Staircase photos are mislabeled as being of Titanic.
To date, there are no known photos that show Titanic’s Grand Staircase. If they exist, they’ve yet to be found or publicly released. This is a simple fact, a fact known to any and every expert, researcher and historian who knows their stuff about these ships. It’s not up for debate, especially where it’s obvious to anyone knowledgeable about Titanic that these Grand Staircase photos do not show Titanic.
This fact can be difficult to discern due to the aforementioned mislabeling of said photos. Google searching any Olympic Grand Staircase image, and indeed just about any image of Olympic’s interiors, will get you many, many results that say it’s Titanic, possibly to the point that it’s nearly impossible to find one that says it’s Olympic.
This, however, does not mean the photo is actually of Titanic. Even if it’s in a book. Many books on Titanic are known to have mislabeled photos. One book even has a set of deck plans labeled as “Titanic” when it actually shows Olympic when her interior layout differed greatly in some areas from Titanic. I’ve even seen photos of the RMS Queen Mary, a ship entirely different from Titanic in every way, labeled as being Titanic, most notably a photo of the Queen Mary being launched. If you reverse-image search the Queen Mary launch image, many, if not most of the results you’ll find will say it’s Titanic. This does not mean it’s Titanic.
So, please, when sharing images supposedly of Titanic, make sure to the best of your ability that it really is Titanic, or Olympic, and label accordingly.
This has been a Public Service Announcement for Tumblr’s Titanic blogosphere.
(Sources: NMNI, Encyclopedia Titanica, Wikipedia, DA, & elsewhere)