Dining saloon and lounge

long dining table in a wood panelled room with porthole windows

One of the two magnificent dining tables in the oak paneled saloon is laid for a typical meal of the period. The starboard (right) table was generally used, with the master at the head of the table. The second master and pilots would be seated down the sides in order of seniority. As was usual at the time, the crew was segregated according to the traditional social hierarchy, so the engineers, greasers, apprentices and galley crew had their own less luxurious mess rooms and accommodation.

In bad weather fiddles (guardrails) were fixed around the table and the cloths were dampened to prevent things from sliding about as the ship pitched and rolled.