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It was a maiden journey that was to end in disaster for the Titanic’s passengers and crew. On 14 April 1912, at 11.40 pm, the Titanic struck an iceberg; three hours later, at 2.20 am, she sank, claiming over 1,500 lives. Little more than 700 passengers and crew survived the tragedy.
The day after the Titanic set off on her maiden voyage, the Guardian’s leader writers marvelled at how far removed such first class travel was from ‘old-fashioned people’s ideas of a sea voyage’. Titanic was fitted out with luxurious lounges, squash courts, top restaurants and concert halls.
RMS Titanic, then the largest ship in the world and widely believed to be unsinkable, left Southampton dock on 10 April 1912, bound for New York with more than two thousand passengers and crew members on board.
Tickets ranged from £7 15s for steerage to £870 for the most impressive suites, which included two bedrooms, sitting room, private bathroom and a room for the servants, as well as a private balcony, the latest thing.
Titanic’s provisions for the journey included 75,000 lbs of fresh meat, 35,000 eggs, 40 tons of potatoes, 1,000 lbs of tea and 15,000 bottles of ale and stout.