The room was furnished with wicker chairs and
tables, and could hold up to 600 people. On the starboard side, there
was an area reserved for a quintet and there was a Steinway grand
piano positioned there.
room was open to first class passengers before and after meals.
Here, the orchestra played from 4 to 5 pm while tea was served, then
after dinner, from 8 to 9:15 pm. Stewards served liquor and cigars
until 11 pm, at which time the the room was closed for the night.
Generally, there were many spectators in the hall while the
(Above image credit: Ghosts of the
Abyss - 2003 Disney Pictures)
Incredibly, the 1st class reception room is
very much intact after 103 years underwater. Much of the woodwork,
and most of the windows are present and unbroken. This room and the
Turkish baths, are probably the best preserved rooms on the entire
wreck. Being further inside the ship, both rooms have received much
less exposure to moving currents that most likely have a lot to do
with it. *Note the robot camera on the left of the photo.
The D Deck candelabra on the grand staircase
opening into the reception room.
The following information about
Titanic's piano is from
Theme and Variations Piano Services
Whilst we have no photo
documentation of the pianos on board Titanic,
we know that a total of five Steinway & Sons
pianos were installed; two Model K uprights, two
Model R uprights and a Model B grand that would
take pride of place in the first class dining
The photo above shows the
Steinway & Sons model B on board the RMS
Olympic, identical to the model B on board
the Titanic. Each piano was ordered from
Steinway as a “rough unfinished instrument”, so
that their final cabinet work could be completed
by master artisans at the Harland and Wolf
shipping yards in Belfast, where Titanic
was constructed. Instead of brass castors, each
piano was specially fitted with brass feet, and
they were anchored to the deck to prevent the
pianos from moving whilst the ship was at sea.
Theme and Variations Piano
Another view of the piano in the reception room
along side music stands for the orchestra.
Past expeditions have been unable to locate this piano in the
reception room, most likely because part of the upper deck has
fallen down on top of it covering it from sight.