Titanic’s galley water boiler was one of many artifacts that were recovered by RMS Titanic, Inc. on an expedition to the wreck site in the year 2000. 

The boiler certainly seems like it would have been quite the commodity to exist on a ship 100 years ago, butTitanic was very technologically advanced for her time. However, items such as these, which were uncommon for ships of the time, are an example of the type of luxury that Titanic offered her passengers.

Even in Titanic’s kitchens, she had over 60 chefs and assistants working in 5 galleys. They ranged from pastry chefs, soup chefs, and even a kosher chef to prepare the meals on board for the Jewish passengers. Titanic was prepared to serve thousands of meals on her maiden voyage, therefore they needed to leave port with all of the ingredients necessary for those meals.

What was the Purpose of the Galley Water Boiler?

The galley water boiler was used in the kitchens of Titanic, holding fresh water in a pressurized vessel. When it was needed, the employees would turn the spicket, and it would drop the pressure in the vessel, causing the water to immediately come to a boil. This would have been used to prepare coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for some of the passengers. Each day Titanic used 14,000 gallons of drinking water.

To give you an example of Titanic’s stockpile, Titanic set sail with over 75,000 pounds of meat, 11,000 pounds of fresh fish, 40,000 eggs, 40 tons of potatoes, and 36,000 oranges.

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