Sinking of the Titanic
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On this day in 1912, the Titanic sunk.
The Titanic almost seems like it was one big floating restaurant. The ship had a whole area on the aft port side called the “refrigeration plant”, that supply the cooling for separate refrigerated rooms for meats (and each kind of meat, including game, had its own separate room), flowers, wines, cheeses, fish, etc, so that each item could be stored at the right temperature for it. It also powered the ship’s ice-making facilities. In fact, there was also a separate refrigeration system running throughout the entire ship, supplying chilled drinking water and providing chilled refrigerators at each bar throughout the ship.
Meals for first and second class passengers were prepared in the same kitchens. There were set meal times, but first class passengers could also order “à la carte” anytime up to 11:00 pm.
The last dinner served in first class had eleven courses. On the last morning, the passengers had Oxford brand Marmalade with their breakfast.
Though this day is probably more an occasion that you observe rather than one that you celebrate, marmalade at breakfast might not go amiss.
Third class bowl from the Titanic
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First class breakfast menu for the last day, 14th April 1912:
Kidneys & Bacon
Fried, Shirred, Poached & Boiled Eggs
Plain & Tomato Omelettes to Order
Sirloin Steak and Mutton Chops to Order
Mashed Sauté and Jacket Potatoes
Vienna and Graham Rolls
Soda & Sultana Scones
Black Current Conserve
Many people think the ship’s name is spelled and pronounced “Titantic”, tossing an extra T in towards the end.
New York Herald Front Page
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