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