English: The Grand Staircase of the RMS Olympic. Français : Le Grand Escalier de lOlympic, jumeau du Titanic qui en comportait un similaire, au niveau du pont A. L'horloge est entourée d'une sculpture représentant l'Honneur et la Gloire couronnant le Temps. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Grand Staircase on The Titanic
Okay so you know that famous movie in 1997 called “Titanic”, well I thought I do some researching and found an amazing picture that is a picture of the original Grand Staircase that was on the Titanic. I love this picture for it really looks unique and intriguing at the same time. The black and white photo was very well done and the extreme contrast shown in the photo really makes certain parts of the Staircase look brooding but beautiful at the same time. But in other areas the lighting is simply gorgeous and makes the molding and the panel, at the top, right where the staircase splits into two directions, really pop-out in astonishing detail. The extremes of the light and shadows mixed really make the atmosphere of the staircase have its own delicate personality that truly speaks to me.
Information About Titanic’s Grand Staircase
In my research I found out some very interesting facts about the Grand Staircase of the RMS Titanic which truly intrigued me. Did you know the phrase Grand Staircase of the RMS Titanic has been used to refer to the first-class entrance aboard the “Titanic”. The Grand Staircase was located in the first-class section of the White Star Line liner and interesting enough is often used by submarines and other underwater vehicles as an entry point into the sunken wreck as it is now a massive empty opening, which makes an excellent access point to the ship’s interior. Now another interesting tidbit is that the Grand Staircase was only to be used by only first-class passengers due to being considered to be two of the most luxurious appointments on the ship.
The amazing thing about the Grand Staircase is its size and how much it took up space on the ship. The fore Grand Staircase descended five levels down from the Boat Deck to the E Deck with magnificent appearance and continues down to F-Deck as an ordinary stairway. The materials that made up the Grand Staircase were oak panelling and detailed carvings, paintings, bronze cherubs, candelabra, and other details that contributed to its beauty.
What really interested me was the style and architecture of the Grand Staircase consisted of as a whole. Apparently the Grand Staircase’s decoration was mixed with curious combination of different styles. Master craftsmen who took part in the staircase’s design had the panelling and woodwork made in the English William and Mary style. The iron banister grillwork and ormolu garlands were actually inspired by the French court of Louis XIV.
Sadly I must inform you guys that I could not find the person or group who actually designed and created the Grand Staircase of the RMS Titanic. I would really love to know the designers who took part in the creation of such a master piece that sadly was destroyed entirely when the ship crashed into the iceberg that literally had the Titanic sink within 2 hours and 40 minutes of time.