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From the website Dusty Old Thing:

Second Class Menu

The second class dining room was quite serviceable, but had long tables which were shared more in a cafeteria style.

While the digs may have been different, the menu still had quite a lot of choices to offer the second class traveler. This was the mid-grade ticket price range, and standards erred on the side of quality when compared to third class (we'll get to that in a minute).

For the would-be dinner in second class on April 14th, the menu offered consommé with tapioca, baked haddock in a "sharp" sauce, curried chicken with rice, roast turkey with cranberry sauce, green peas, puréed turnips, rice, and both boiled and roast potatoes.

For dessert there was plum pudding, wine jelly, "cocoanut" sandwich cookies, American ice cream, assorted nuts, and fresh fruit. There was also coffee, cheese, and biscuits available. Unlike first class there was no beer listed on the menu.


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Jim, you're a tough cookie.

I believe they offer some tough cookies for dessert in Third Class.

Pat, you have such a wealth of stories!


Years ago I read a fascinating sea story about the Royal Navy early in WWII. The Navy was hard pressed and a German raider had gotten loose and was ravaging shipping in the mid-Atlantic ocean. The Navy had not a single ship available to pursue it. So they requisitioned a fast passenger liner, did a quick refit by arming it with a single big gun on the foredeck and sent an experienced crew aboard. Ultimately it was a success, although a hard-fought one. It was quite thrilling.*

My point here, though, is that this passenger liner was fully provisioned for a long cruise with hundreds of paying passengers and a full civilian crew. The Royal Navy crew never had it so good! Private cabins for all hands, magnificent meals (steak for breakfast if they wanted it), plenty of water for showers and all the accommodations expected by and provided for civilian cruise passengers.

* They fought more than one engagement with the German raider. I don't remember how many, but early on their deck gun was destroyed by a German shell. They broke off and one of the officers remembered a time early in his career when he visited an old Spanish fort on an island in the area. There was a huge iron mortar in the fort.

They sailed to this island and transferred that ancient mortar onto the ship. They used gunpowder from the shells for their destroyed cannon to fire it. For ammunition they soaked coal or coke in fuel oil. When they reestablished contact with the German they showered it with flaming coal (mortars fire at a high trajectory) and set it on fire. Whether it sank or not I don't remember, but they put it out of action. Victory for the Royal Navy!


Not a bad selection. I could dwell there.


This is - You paid for what you got! Same as third class....which was sustenance only.


Thank you, sir! I find it amazing that any menus survived at all.

Yes, you paid for yer traditions and you took yer chances.


Marvelous. A trip back in time; almost as much 'fun' as visiting Savannah in the 1840's.
Notice that the British were still far too entrenched in their baronial ways to consider a classless menu.

Thanks to Mischka!