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April 17, 2018

The Real Boarding Pass for RMS Titanic, 1912

This photograph of Titanic ticket is a third class boarding pass for RMS Titanic ship that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912. It was one page ticket issued by the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company or White Star Line to the passengers on the Titanic.

The third-class accommodations on Titanic were often known as steerage, which is why the Titanic ticket reads “THIRD CLASS (STEERAGE) PASSENGER’S CONTRACT TICKET.”

It was strongly believed that when the Titanic hit the iceberg, a 350 foot gash was torn in the starboard side of the forward hull. The huge gash in the bow allowed water to infiltrate the ship and cause six of the sixteen watertight compartments to flood.

The Titanic was designed to stay afloat if 3 or possibly 4 compartments flooded. As the sea rose above the watertight bulkheads, adjoining compartments filled with water. The added water weight pulled Titanic’s bow deeper into the ocean until the great ship gave up its fight and finally sank.

Titanic's third class cabin

The sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912 has been a tragic, historic event, and till date, many artifacts relating to the ship and its ill-fated sinking are exhibited and even sold online.


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  2. I don't want to rain on the parade, but the pass is for passage from Liverpool to New York. The Titanic was registered in Liverpool, because that was where the White Star Line was based, but the ship never visited Liverpool. The voyage began in Southhampton and stopped in Cherbourg in 0France and Queenstown in Ireland on route. Surely an authentic ticket would list one of those places.




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