The Wreck of the Titan
She was the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men. In her construction and maintenance were involved every science, profession and trade known to civilization. On her bridge were officers, who, besides being pick of the Royal Navy, had passed rigid examinations on all studies that pertained to the winds, tides, currents, and geography of the sea; they were not only seaman, but scientists. The same professional standard applied to the personnel of the engine-room, and the steward’s department was equal to that of a first class hotel.
Two brass bands, two orchestras, and theatrical company entertained the passengers during waking hours; a corps of physicians attended to the temporal, and a corps of chaplains to the spiritual, welfare of all on board, while a well-drilled fire-company soothed the fears of nervous ones and added to the general entertainment by daily practice with their apparatus.
From her lofty bridge ran hidden telegraph lines to the bow, stern, engine-room, crow’s nest on the foremast, and to all parts of the ship where work was done, each wire terminating in a marked dial with a movable indicator, containing in its scope every order and answer required in handling the massive hulk, wither at the dock or at sea—which eliminated, to a great extent, the hoarse, nerve-racking shouts…