Titanic first class smoking room Today I went to the smoking room, I found out it was only for men. Unlike other rooms the smoking room had working fireplaces fired by coal and kept in adjacent hods.
I also went to the reading and writing room. It had a bay window outboard and a fireplace aft anchored the beautiful proportions of the room and suggested a cozy environment in which to do the activities suggested by the room ’ s name, especially on blustery days. As a counterpoint to the men's smoking room this stylish space was primarily intended for the ladies.
Since the reading and writing room was so interesting I decided to go there after dinner as my husband went to the smoking room. I enjoyed a nice cup of coffee and a interesting conversation with the other ladies. I expected more ladies would be in the room but there were not. This room did not need to be as big as it was.
April 11,1912. Dear diary, Today I checked out the gymnasium. I went around 10;30pm. It had an order in wich things happened. The gentlemen went from 6am to 9am.Ladies went from 10am to 1pm. Children from 1pm to 3pm. Gentlemen again from 4pm to 6pm. The gymnasium was for first class people like myself.
The gymnasium was on the start board side of the deck. It had rowing machines, and stationary bicycles, the Titanic had full complement of electrical exercise equipment under the supervision of a gym instructor. After a workout like that, mechanical hammers were at the ready to massage out the muscle kinks.
April 12,1912. Dear diary, I am a little stressed today out so I thought a massage would be a good idea. So I went to the Turkish electric and swimming baths. I had to pay only one dollar and I stayed an hour. I was really relaxed. So after that I went to the galley for first and second class. Over 62,000 meals were to be served during our voyage. It was a small comfortable place.
April 13,1912 Dear diary, Today I went to the Squash Racquet Court.It was located well down in the ship, it was on lower deck. As well as the gymnasium it was under the supervision of an attendant,who was there to take care of every need.He gave me and my husband racquets and a ball. We Played for only the fee of $0.50. There was no one waiting so we got to play for the amount of time we wanted.
I panicked because I thought the lifejacket I was wearing wouldn't really work. So my husband took another life jacket and showed me what it was made of. Now I believed him.I got in a life boat so I had to leave my husband because they ad to save the women first.
April 15, 1912 After a couple hours i got off the life boat with my dear friend Elisabeth Walten Allen I found my husband died. I was very upset but my friend Ellisabeth was there to cheer me up.We were on a ship named The Carpathia. They took are names. Then me and Ellisabeth became good friends with a first class passenger on this ship. His name was Dr.Blackman. That night we slept in his room. We didn't feel comfortable with him in the room so he went to one of his other friends room. He was such a gentlemen.
April 16,1912 Today I just sat in my room and wrote in my diary. I cried and cried.
April 17 1912 Today I just sat in my room for a little while and thought about how my husband and I waited for safety in the gymnasium. He handed me his gloves as protection against the cold and stepped back to meet his fate.
April 18, 1912 Finally we landed in New York. I had my baby in August. his name was John Jacob Astor V.
John Jacob Astor V This is him when he was a man
There I started my new life and soon remarried. Later I remarried again. I had 3 boys. By; Madeleine Talmage Astor