C-62: Louis XIV
Stateroom C-62 served as the Sitting Room for
the Port Side Parlour Suite on Shelter Deck C.
described by the Shipbuilder: "The most expensive
accomodation is provided by parlour suites, of
which there are four, adjoining the forward
grand entrance, one on each side of the ship on
B and C decks respectively... Each parlour suite
consists of one sitting room, two bedrooms, two
wardrobe rooms and a private bath and lavatory."
To illustrate how expensive this suite would have
been when the Olympic was new in 1911-12 we can
look at the equivalent suites on her ill-fated
The Parlour suite on the port side of the
Titanic's 'C' deck is believed to have been
occupied by John Jacob Astor IV, one of the most
famous and wealthiest Titanic passengers and his
teenage bride, while the starboard 'C' Deck suite
(with its sitting room in the Regency style) was
occupied by Isidor and Ida Strauss: famous
for their ownership of Macy's and Mrs Strauss's
refusal to leave her husband during the sinking.
Mrs Strauss's heroism and devotion is part of the
According to White Star Line records of the
Titanic's ticket sales: the Astors paid £247
10s 6d for the port side suite and the Strausses
£221 15s 7d for the starboard side suite.
Adjusted for inflation, these respective amounts
would have the spending power of £23,000 and
£20,500 a century later.
Chirnside has kindly provided two American
price schedules from the Olympic from 1913
which show that an April crossing in this suite
cost $1575 for two people in 1913 and $1102 for
two people in 1930.
The Panelling at the Marquis
of Granby Hotel
from the Louis XIV room was purchased by Colonel
Hutton after the conclusion of the dispersal auction
in 1935. It is interesting to note that the catalogue
does not appear to have a lot for the furniture from
this room. It may be that it was sold in Southampton
before the Olympic departed on her final voyage to
In any event, Colonel Hutton decided to use the
panelling from C-62 to cover the eastern side of his
hotel's dining room. I was fortunate enough to stay at
the hotel in March 2000, only a few days before the
dining room was stripped of its Olympic fittings for
sale by Henry
Aldridge & Son at the 2000 British
Titanic Society convention.
Below are some photos of the panelling while at
Marquis of Granby taken by me, Peter Mitchell and the
late Steve Rigby.
Above the carved faces are rays of sun, designed to
emulate the personal emblem of Louis XIV: "Le
Note in the middle photo above, the panel of electric
switches which can be seen in the Harland & Wolff
photo at the top of the page.
The diamond shaped blocks of wood were used to cover
the holes that marked where the wall lights were.
The panelling retained some of the features that were
included for the comfort of passengers. On the left is
a bell press to summon a steward and on the right is a
close up of an electrical panel containing two power
outlets and the switch that would have operated the
chandelier in the ceiling or the wall lights.
Close ups of the woodwork reveal how intricate the
handcrafted woodwork was for this room. After all, as
part of the most expensive accomodation on the
Olympic, the wealthy passengers occupying the suite
would have expected nothing less than the best!
The Sale of the
Panelling at the 2000 British Titanic Society Convention
removal of the panels from the Marquis of Granby Hotel, their
home of sixty-four years, they were transported to Southampton
for sale at auction.
Henry Aldridge and Son decided to sell the panelling for this
stateroom and for C-86 as seventy-three individual lots.
Below are some photos I took while they were on display before
the auction on 14 April 2000.
The auction provided the opportunity to see what was
written on the backs of the panels for the first time
They showed that the room was referred to as "Sitting
Room No. 3" by the Harland & Wolff workforce.
The markings pin pointed exactly where they had been
positioned in the original room on the Olympic.
The Door that led from the
Sitting Room to the corridor of C-Deck was sandwiched together
with the other door that led to C-64 in the Marquis of
The outline of number plate that would have displayed the
Stateroom number, can still be seen at the top of the corridor
side of the door.
The second Louis XIV style door that was installed in the
lobby is in the photograph on the right. The other side of it
is in the Adam style because it was the connecting door with
the first bedroom of the suite: Stateroom C-64.
Thanks to Dr Damian Gardner-Thorpe for
supplying the photo of the door that led to the suite's
get in touch
if you have photos of any artefact from the Olympic while it
the Marquis of Granby Hotel in Bamford, Derbyshire between
1935 and 2000.