The RMS Titanic:
the cooling-room

< Photo: Ken Marschall collection

Looking towards the cubiclesThis is the only known image of the Turkish bath cooling-room on the RMS Titanic. All other images which claim to show the Titanic's cooling-room are, in fact, showing the one on the RMS Olympic. According to Ken Marschall, 'Although the motif was identical, Olympic's cooling room was laid out entirely differently…1
The plan on the left looks upwards towards the cubicles at the top, and roughly indicates which part of the room appears in the photograph.

< Render courtesy Parks Stephenson

Looking towards the drinking fountain endParks Stephenson has been producing renders of parts of the Titanic for many years as James Cameron's various dives add to our knowledge base. This render shows the drinking fountain at the opposite end of the room to the dressing cubicles. Partly visible behind the central deckchair is the weighing-chair. A slightly different viewpoint is available on Stephenson's own website, where a fascinating description of how each render was tackled is well worth reading.
The plan on the left looks upwards towards the drinking fountain at the top, and roughly indicates which part of the room appears in the render. In use, the weighing-chair's position has changed.

< Render courtesy Parks Stephenson

Looking towards the cubiclesThis render by Parks Stephenson shows the wall with the three dressing cubicles, the dressing table and a couple of octagonal side tables, one for each couch. To the right is the door to the attendants' locker. The coloured floor tiles show how much more is known about the baths since the earlier render of those on the Olympic, which was made before the 2005 dive.
The plan on the left looks upwards towards the cubicles at the top, and roughly indicates which part of the room appears in the render. This is approximately the same part of the room shown in the underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) sourced image shown below.

< © James Cameron, 2005; enhancement and mosaic by Ken Marschall

Ken Marschall's wonderful wide-angled mosaic was laboriously assembled from numerous individual closer views, and then enhanced to optimise the image. The individual views were taken during James Cameron's 2005 (ROV) underwater exploration.


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Bruce Beveridge for permission to reproduce his plan of F Deck

Ken Marschall for permission to use his mosaic based on James Cameron images

Parks Stephenson for permission to use his renderings of the Titanic cooling-room, and

his help and encouragement over several years. His Titanic website is a must see.

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NOTES
 1. Personal communication from Ken Marschall [return]