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Reality of Bathroom Accommodations on the 'Titanic' Show How Much Times Have Changed

We were surprised to hear about the situation for first class passengers.

It's been more than 110 years since the Titanic sank, killing more than 1,500 passengers in the process, but people's fascination with the disaster lives on — in part because of the movie starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, and partly because it was such an unusual event.

Though third class passengers likely suffered the most, many of the rest of the passengers were thought to enjoy great luxury while on board... but now, we know that certain aspects of the ship might not have been quite as luxurious as we thought. TikTok account @stunninghistory recently went into detail about the bathroom situation on the ship, and whoa — our minds are totally blown by this.

Of course, it's important to keep things in context; the ship did sail in 1912, after all, and things (including ideas of hygiene and bathroom technology) were a lot different back then. But still, many of these details are truly shocking.

For example, did you know that there were only two bathtubs on the ship for third-class passengers to use, one for men and one for women? And that this was considered a big deal since most ships didn't have any bathtubs on board at all? 

Most of the first-class passengers didn't even get to have their own private bathrooms, since those were reserved for the wealthiest people on the ship.

We've never considered this before, but the smell on the Titanic (with two tubs and everyone confined to the same ship) couldn't have been good.

Why didn't the movie cover this?

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