One of Titanic’s actual portholes recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic. By looking at the way the sides of the frame are clipped vertically to fit properly, we know that this is likely a porthole from the Third Class section of the ship. The size and construction of the 9 different kinds of portholes on Titanic were strictly regulated by the Board of Trade to make sure everyone on board had plenty of light and air on their journey.
Titanic had the capacity to carry 64 lifeboats but it was carrying only 20. The law required only 20. It was decided that any more lifeboats would ruin the look of the ship.
A light fitting recovered from the Titanic
A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.
Wilhelm Hosenfeld (2 May 1895 – 13 August 1952), was a German Army officer who rose to the rank of Hauptmann by the end of the war. He helped to hide or rescue several Poles, including Jews, in Nazi-occupied Poland, and is perhaps most remembered for helping Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman to survive, hidden, in the ruins of Warsaw during the last months of 1944. He died in Soviet captivity on 13 August 1952, from injury possibly sustained during torture.