First Class Staterooms

C-86: Georgian Room

The First Class Staterooms on Olympic's 'B' and 'C' Decks were the focus of much of the public wonderment at her lavish interiors. In June 1911, just before her maiden voyage, the Shipbuilder devoted a whole section of its special number to the 'special' staterooms and the indulgent accomodation available to anyone wealthy and lucky enough to enjoy a First Class voyage.

A Stateroom that also made up the interior of the Marquis of Granby Hotel until 2000 was the Georgian Room on Shelter Deck 'C'. It was one of the period staterooms illustrated for the Shipbuilder. It was renumbered C-86 from C-80 in the Olympic's post Titanic refit of 1912-13. 




It is interesting to note that I've never seen a photo of this stateroom taken while it was on the ship. The only known illustration of as it was like before the Olympic's dismantling in 1935 is the drawing from the Shipbuilder's 1911 souvenir edition issued to celebrate her maiden voyage.
 
After the Olympic was scrapped in 1935, Harry Hutton decided to use the panelling from C-86 to cover the western half of his hotel's dining room, the other half was decorated using the panelling from C-62.

The Bed

Harry Hutton is also listed as the purchaser of the beds from C-86. In 2011, I came across one of them in
the Titanic, Lusitania and the Forgotten Empress gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum
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It also turns out that original sketch of this bed by Arthur Henry Durand is now in the possession of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.

The Panelling

I was fortunate enough to stay at the Maruqis of Granby 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.

You will notice that the panelling is quite plain in character and was designed to emulate the British architectural style
in vogue during the reign of the first four Kings named George between 1714 and 1837. Some of the best examples of this architectural style can be found in the Circus in Bath and in the New Town of Edinburgh.

 

The Door

Once at the Marquis of Granby Hotel, the door to the stateroom was installed as the main entrance to the 'Olympic' dining room from the Hotel's reception.

                                

Close up of the handle and push plate. We were able to see the cabin number stamped on the shaft when it was removed. Handles like these are likely to be found within the wreck of the Titanic, the doors they were in having rotted away. As the stateroom number is C-86 and not C-80, the door is likely to have been installed after the Olympic's first refit of 1912/13. 

                

Detailed markings stamped onto the door frame. They read here: "AFT END, PORT SIDE-BEDROOM J-S.S.400"

     

The Door to C-86 was sold for £1,700 in 14 April 2000.

The Panelling

Although the panelling was predominently pain, the diamond etching in the woodwork which can been seen in the Shipbuilder illustration. Although the panelling is mainly plain, there is some intricate woodwork of the typical high quality found elsewhere on the ship.

         

             

  

The centre portion of the panels was detachable from their frames as seen in the lower middle photo of them displayed for auction in 2000. The back of this particular panel revealed some very clear markings referring to the room as being Georgian, again with the revised 1928 cabin number of 'B-86' added in pencil.

               

The Fireplace

             

  The surround of the fireplace fetched the highest hammer price at the 2000 auction, going for almost £2,500.
It was sold to an American memorabila dealer, the late Ken Schultz. It appears that the fireplace was adapted by Harry Hutton from a doorway surround.






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