Three views of the cooling-room on the SS Adriatic

The cooling room at the time of the launch
< Image: Jefferson's Liverpool almanac for 1907 (Glasgow, Munro)

This view of the cooling-room appeared in a local almanac published at the time of the launch, while a monochrome version was included in The White Star new twin screw steamer Adriatic: 25,000 tons, a company brochure issued at the same time.

In the centre can be seen the original weighing chair and, in the background, the original dressing table.

Cooling-room post 1928

< Detail from photo in the National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI)
from whose online picture library good quality prints can be obtained

This image shows the cooling-room after the post World War I refit in the early 1920s. A larger dressing table and a rather more sophisticated weighing chair (see below) have replaced the originals, but otherwise, the layout of the room looks relatively unchanged.

Close-up of the weighing chair
< Detail from above photo in the NMNI
National Museums Northern Ireland

Bathers sat in this comfortably upholstered weighing chair, adjusted the position of the weight on the sliding bar at the side, and read their weight before—and after—taking their Turkish bath.

The curtained cooling-room
< Photo: Boston-New York Service cabin accommodation. — White Star Line, 1928.

This view is taken from a brochure issued in 1928 after the boat had been refurbished and converted to a Cabin Class Cruiser. The conversion was a means of increasing the amount of less expensive accommodation available and consequently increasing the number of passengers. At this time, the Adriatic was the largest Cabin Class steamer in the world, and the largest of all steamers sailing from Liverpool.

It is interesting to note that curtains were added at this time so that passengers relaxing in the cooling-room could do so in privacy if preferred—a preference apparently not expressed by the earlier, and wealthier, class of passenger.

The curtains have changed a stylish room into a fussy one.


The last item is from the collection of the Victorian Turkish Baths Project

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Michelle Ashmore, Picture Library Executive, National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI)

Christopher Jones for information, and earlier use of an image

Daniel Klistorner for much helpful correspondence

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