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Duration 24:50

Titanic: Emigrant ship or luxury liner?

This talk was originally scheduled to be given by Aidan Lawes at the Titanic 2012 conference held at The National Archives in April 2012. Sadly, Aidan passed away in early 2012. His paper, read by Roger Kershaw, is published here in tribute.

History is often easier to digest as cliché but fast food rarely satisfies. It is as easy to see Edwardian society only in terms of opulence and conspicuous consumption as it is to see Titanic exclusively as a luxury liner. Yet, technically, Titanic was classified as an ‘Emigrant Ship’. Why ? This talk focuses on those travelling Third Class.