Even aboard the Empresses the different in accommodations between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd class was enormous. But considering the enormous difference between classes the Empress of Britain and her sister ship the Empress of Ireland was consider to be quite modern compared to some of the other transatlantic liners did not offer the same basic luxury as did the Empresses.

 

Canadian Pacific Railway Company were the first to offer free bedding and drinking and eating utensils and they also claimed that 3rd class berths comfortable closed in rooms. Each of these room had been fitted with a fold up lavatory of Hoskin's or other approved type, toilet racks, coat and hat hooks. All cabin framing on lower deck were portable and open berths to be fitted in lower deck compartment at fore side of reserve bunkers and it came with all necessary tables and seats. Third Class was found on the lower and main deck and can be located on deck plans 7 and 8 on the complete set of Empress of Ireland drawings.

3rd class cabin.jpg
3rd class cabin.jpg

Shop drawing, top plan view of a 3rd class cabin on the Empress of Ireland. Cabin door is on the right side directly across a porcelain sink with running water. With a single lamp in the center of the room with a 16 candle power light bulb. There were two galvanized iron beds with orient mattress above each other with a total of four beds per cabin. Wood floor on top of steel. Date: 1905 Location: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering, Govan, Scotland Credits: Glasgow City Libraries and Archiv

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Empress of Ireland.jpg

Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering, Shop drawing of the 3rd class cabin. Facing the entrance door and on the right and left side are two galvanized iron bunk beds. At the bottom of the door is a vent and underneath each bed is another vent. Date: 1905 Location: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering, Govan, Scotland Credits: Glasgow City Libraries and Archives

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Left hand side of 3rd class cabin. Two galvanized iron beds, top bed is 2'9" above the lower bunk. The life belt rack is in the upper top right hand corner. There was no washrooms on lower deck and only 6 toilets on main deck 4 for males and 2 for ladies out of a total of 2 decks for 758, 3rd class passengers. Date: 1905 Location: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering, Govan, Scotland Credits: Glasgow City Libraries and Archives

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3rd class cabin.jpg

Shop drawing, top plan view of a 3rd class cabin on the Empress of Ireland. Cabin door is on the right side directly across a porcelain sink with running water. With a single lamp in the center of the room with a 16 candle power light bulb. There were two galvanized iron beds with orient mattress above each other with a total of four beds per cabin. Wood floor on top of steel. Date: 1905 Location: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering, Govan, Scotland Credits: Glasgow City Libraries and Archiv

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3rd Class Accommodations