It’s TITANIC TUESDAY! I look forward to this special day as much as you do.
All week, I am thinking about the Titanic and wondering how it compares with the TS Kennedy. As I walk around our ship, I take notes about what I see and then do a few hours of research on the Titanic in the computer lab at night, hoping to discover similarities and differences. Sometimes, I share what I learn with the cadets.
Last week at breakfast, a cadet asked, “How does the Mess Deck compare with the fanciest dining room on Titanic?” I didn’t have an answer for him then, but I promised to get back with him. Here’s what I found out.
Dining Options: There were actually four different dining rooms where First Class passengers. Not on the TS Kennedy! The cadets don’t have to make up their mind and decide where they should have dinner. There’s only one option – the Mess Deck.
Size: Titanic’s First Class Dining Salon was not just large, it was massive! It was 114 feet long, and 92 ½ feet wide. That’s the entire width of the ship!
The dimensions of the Mess Deck is a little harder to calculate as the room is not a perfect rectangle – not even close. When I look at the deck plans, the shape of the Mess Deck reminds me of a left-hand mitten.
Appearance: The First Class Dining Salon had wooden paneled walls that painted white and featured three-dimensional designs of shells. The portholes were made of leaded glass, meaning that they had a frosty appearance. The windows were lit from behind so they glowed in the evening. It was supposed to give the feel of a fancy European restaurant on shore. They wanted passengers to forget that they were dining at sea. That seems a little crazy to me!
Chairs and tables were made of oak. The blue tile floor that had an intricate red and yellow pattern that resembled a fine Persian carpet. There were decorative columns throughout the dining room that featured carved heads of Gods and Goddesses.
This short animation will give you an idea of what it looked like.
Of course, the TS Kennedy's Mess Deck may lack the luxury of the First Class Dining Salon, but I am quite fond of it. I like its gray tile floor with flecks of white and smooth tan walls. Probably the best feature of the Mess Deck are the windows on three sides of the rook that provide a breathtaking ocean view. The view changes from minute to minute. If I am lucky, I can see a sunrise or a sunset as I enjoy a delicious meal. There are a few framed posters and a television. Cadets sit on benches instead of plus chairs.
Hours Of Operation: Titanic's First Class Dining Salon was open for less than five hours per day. Breakfast was served from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. From 1:00 – 2:30 PM, passengers enjoyed lunch. Dinner was served from 7:00 – 8:15 PM. This schedule would never work on the TS Kennedy! Because there are cadets on watch twenty-four hours per day, some cadets may not be able to eat during the traditional dining times. The Mess Deck is closed for hour per day for cleaning. Otherwise, cadets always have food available.
You are probably wondering how the food on each of the ship compares. That’s a discussion for another time!
As you eat lunch in your school cafeteria today, look around. How does your cafeteria compare with Titanic’s First Class Dining Salon and the TS Kennedy’s Mess Deck?
Wishing you a terrific Tuesday!
Your best pal at sea,