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Titanic’s passengers enjoyed various Edwardian dishes served in a variety of dining rooms on board the Ship… from the grand Verandah Café, to the exclusive first-class á la carte Restaurant, the second class dining area and third class saloon, delicious and elaborate meals were served. This holiday, spice up your dinner party with adding a few exceptional Titanic desserts that were featured on her maiden voyage.

Here are a few dessert recipes highlighting Titanic’s menu that you can re-create for your holiday party:


First Class Dessert - Waldorf Pudding

(Makes 6 to 8 servings)

2 large tart apples, peeled

½ cup sultana (golden raisins)

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp finely chopped crystallized ginger

1 tbsp butter

1/3 granulated sugar

2 cups milk

4 egg yolks, beaten

Pinch freshly ground nutmeg

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

¼ cup toasted walnuts, halved

Thinly slice apples. Stir in raisins, lemon juice and ginger. In skillet, melt butter over high heat; add apple mixture and cook for 1 minute. Stir in 2 tbsp of the sugar. Cook stirring often for 3 to 4 minutes or until apples are lightly caramelized. Scrape apple mixture and syrup into 10-inch round glass baking dish. Reserve. Meanwhile, in saucepan set over medium heat – heat milk just until bubbles from around the edges. Whisking constantly, add some of the milk to eggs; mix until well incorporated; add remaining milk, nutmeg, vanilla, and remaining sugar and mix well. Pour over apple mixture. Set baking dish inside large roasting pan; pour enough boiling water roasting pan to come halfway up sides of baking dish. Place in 325F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until custard is set but still jiggly. Carefully remove baking dish to cooling rack; sprinkle with walnuts. Cool to room temperature before serving.


Second Class Dessert - American Ice Cream

(Makes 3 cups and serves 6)

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup lemon juice

Pinch of salt

2 cups light (cereal) cream

2tbsp finely chopped grated lemon zest

1 cup whipping cream

In small pot or microwave-proof dish, combine sugar, lemon juice and salt; heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Meanwhile, in heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine light cream with lemon zest; heat over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes just until small bubbles start to form around edges of pot. Remove from heat. Whisk sugar mixture and whipping cream into lemon zest mixture until smooth. Place in refrigerator uncovered; cool completely stirring often. Pour mixture into ice-cream maker and proceed following manufacturer’s instructions. Or, pour mixture into chilled, shallow metal pan; cover and freeze for about 3 hours or until firm. Break up into pieces and transfer to food processor; puree until smooth. Pour into chilled airtight container; freeze for 1 hour or until firm. Soften in refrigerator for 20 minutes before serving.


Third Class Dessert - Currant Buns

(Makes 12 buns)

¼ cup lukewarm water

½ cup granulated sugar

1 pkg active dry yeast (1 tsp)

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ tsp salt

¾ warm milk

¼ cup butter, melted

2 eggs

½ cup currants

2 tbsp icing sugar

1 tbsp water

In small bowl or measuring cup, combine warm water and 1 tbsp of the sugar; sprinkle yeast over top. Let stand for 10minutes or until frothy. Meanwhile, in large bowl, blend together remaining sugar, flour, and salt. In small bowl, whisk together milk, butter, and eggs. Stir in yeast mixture until combined. Make well in dry ingredients; using wooden spoon, stir in yeast mixture until soft dough forms. Turn out onto lightly floured board. Knead for 8minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer dough to large greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch down; turn out onto floured surface; knead in currants. Shape into a 12-inch long log. Cut dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll pieces of sough into smooth, seamless balls. Place buns on greased baking sheet leaving about 2 inches between each bun. Cover loosely and let rest for 30 minutes. Bake in 400F oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Stir together icing sugar and water; brush over warm buns and let cool on rack.


Source: Archbold, R., & McCauley, D. (1997). Last Dinner On The Titanic: Menus and recipes from the legendary liner. The Madison Press Limited.


101 years later, in real time, we are going to follow the journey of Titanic passengers: George Rosenshine and Gertrude Maybelle Thorne; to provide insight into their exciting travels around the world that culminated in their boarding Titanic to return home. Wealthy and with a flair for the exotic, the Rosenshine’s spent a year traveling the world after George sold his successful mercantile importing company.  With the world opening up like never before and travel being more accessible than ever, the Rosenshine’s Asian adventure prior to embarking on Titanic was a once in a lifetime experience.


George Rosenshine was part owner in Rosenshine Brothers, Inc., a mercantile importing firm that specialized in exotic materials such as ostrich feathers.  When the company closed in 1911, George took his share of the business and set off on a tour around the world with his wife, Maybelle by his side. Together, they’re voyage consisted of visiting various attractive places in Asia, such as the Middle East, China, Japan and India.

After visiting Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Manila, they finally arrived in Singapore on December 14, 1911, which served as a base for additional side trips. While we have few details from George and Maybelle’s visit, it is possible that they stayed at the fashionable Raffles Hotel built in 1888.  They may have even enjoyed the latest cocktail created by Raffles Hotel famous bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon – a Singapore Sling!  This delicious drink, still popular today, is a concoction of London dry gin, Cherry Heering,  Bénédictine, Grenadine, and pineapple juice.

On December 15, George and Maybelle left Singapore for Batavia (now known as Jakarta, Indonesia).

Look for future blogs on their travels ….


Two first-class passengers on Titanic were George Rosenshine and Gertrude Maybelle Thorne of New York City.  Rosenshine’s name was never listed on the Titanic manifest because he and Maybelle were traveling as a married couple under the names of Mr. and Mrs. George Thorne!

George Rosenshine was part owner in Rosenshine Brothers, Inc., a mercantile importing firm that specialized in exotic materials such as ostrich feathers.  When the company closed in 1911, George took his share of the business and set off on an around the world tour with Maybelle by his side.

In October and November, 1911, George and Maybelle were in Japan, planning to continue their holiday and business trip to China, India, the Middle East and finally home.  In a flurry of activity to see the sites of Japan, they traveled to a number of cities while planning their itinerary to the Middle East through Thomas Cook & Son.  This travel agency with offices around the world could arrange travel by ship, car, or railway, with accompanying guides for an all-inclusive fee.

During this time, the Thornes stayed at some of the most exclusive hotels in Japan.  They marveled at the temples, hot springs, and landscapes in Yokohama, a major port city, where they were guests at The Grand Hotel, built in 1873. Later, they traveled to Kyoto and stayed at the Kyoto Hotel.   Here, the Thornes would have experienced the sights and sounds of the imperial capital. – palaces, pavilions, geisha dances, tea ceremonies, and the beautiful Buddhist and Shinto shrines.

Eventually, they headed south to Kobe in preparation for their departure to the Middle East.  In Kobe, they enjoyed the accommodations at the famous Oriental Hotel.  Established in the 1870s in the foreign settlement area of Kobe, the Oriental Hotel was world-renowned for its excellent cuisine and its attention to comfort and civility. The Oriental Hotel remained one of the most famous hotels in the world until it was all but destroyed in the devastating earthquake of 1995.

Although George did not tell his brothers the name of his traveling companion, he wrote home to that he was having ‘the time of his life.”

From November 1 -13, preparations were made for shipping and storing personal items as well as purchases acquired in Japan.  A new journey was about to begin.  On November 15, 1911, guided by the Thomas Cook & Son itinerary, George and Maybelle boarded a ship in Kobe, Japan, for Shanghai and Hong Kong.




August 16, 1987, researchers embarked on their first recovery operation since the fatal tragedy of Titanic 75 years ago. The wreck site would provide explorers the first clue into Titanic’s secrets and help piece together the mystery of what happened that night. As the crew carefully scanned the debris field for the stories each hoped to unfold, they recovered a Gladstone leather handbag.   It was later discovered by researchers, during the night of the sinking Titanic's pursers stuffed hand bags like the Gladstone Bag with jewelry and money that passengers had entrusted to the safe deposit boxes.  Some of the platinum jewelry of pearls and diamonds found in the bag will be part of the new experience at select exhibitions in Jewels of Titanic

Although most of these bags went down with the Ship, it is believed the pursers probably planned to load these valuables into the lifeboats and return them to passengers in New York.  Fortunately for the Gladstone Bag, its turn-of-the-century tanning process repels the microorganisms that eat organic matter on the ocean floor. RMS Titanic, Inc. is then able to recover such incredible objects that sometimes have their contents intact.





The mystique and beauty of Titanic’s diamonds and precious jewels have always held an unparalleled allure to visitors from across the globe. Now for the first time, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will bring together these luxurious artifacts and tell their story of discovery, underwater recovery and mysterious lineage.  Jewels of Titanic will feature an array of 15 remarkable pieces of diamonds, sapphires, platinum and gold – each revealing a treasured remembrance of the romance, love and life lost on that fateful day 100 years ago.


These artifacts will be making their world debut and will be on display for a limited time in the following cities:

  • Atlanta, GA   –  November 16, 2012 – January 6, 2013
  • Orlando, FL – January 11, 2013 – March 12, 2013
  • Las Vegas, NV – March 22, 2013 – July 21, 2013

For tickets and information about Jewels of Titanicclick here


The D Deck Door located on the starboard side of Titanic, served as the front  entrance for First Class passengers. The White Star Line made sure that this space was of the finest design and calculated to impress. Through this door, the first class passengers would enter through one of the two gangway doors on either side into a large entrance foyer. The inside of each gangway entrance was fitted with a pair of decorative wrought-iron gates that hid the steel doors from view inside Titanic

First Class passengers would pass the grand staircase and be welcomed by the stewards who would escort them to their rooms. 

Or, they proceeded to either the dining room or the boat decks to wave farewell to the spectators on the docks. The D Deck Door was open the night when the ship sank. The crew thought they could disembark passengers through the door, but apparently that was not the case. The door was left open during that frightful night. The video below shows a brick model of Titanic and where the D Deck Door was located.





An unknown Titanic crew member is reported to have once said to embarking passenger, Mrs. Sylvia Caldwell, “God himself could not sink this ship!”

The R.M.S. Titanic was the largest and most luxurious passenger ship of its time. Titanic’s keel was laid on March 31, 1909. For the next twenty-six months, Harland & Wolff’s shipyard workers labored to construct her massive hull. The White Star flagships would have both reciprocating steam engines and a turbine engine to power the center of Titanic’s three propellers. In addition, she was equipped with a double-plated bottom and sixteen watertight compartments on the hull of the ship with doors that would close if water entered them, allowing the Titanic to stay afloat. This was designed to provide the utmost in security.

Three thousand carpenters, engineers, electricians, plumbers, painters, master mechanics, and interior designers fit Titanic with the latest in marine technology, and the most extravagant fixtures and furniture. Once finished, Titanic’s size and technological advancements were primary reasons why it was believed to be a practically unsinkable ship in the public’s estimation.


Mrs. Emma Eliza Ward Bucknell was the wife of William Robert Bucknell (the leading founder of Bucknell College in Philadelphia. At age 60, Mrs. Bucknell was returning home from her trip to Europe to attend her son Howard’s graduation from medical school. She was traveling with her maid, Albina Bazzani, as First Class passengers on Titanic. Prior to boarding from Cherbourg, she told Margaret “Molly” Brown she had “evil forebodings” that something might happen to the Ship and was fairly nervous throughout the maiden voyage.  On the night of the sinking, Mrs. Bucknell quickly moved herself and Ms Bazzani to safety and joined other passengers in lifeboat 8. Following her rescue she was often quoted stating that she never felt truly comfortable on the Ship. To learn more about Mrs. Bucknell and otherTitanic connections to Philadelphia visitTitanic: The Artifact Exhibition in Philadelphia, opening November 10th at The Franklin Institute. For more information about the Exhibition, click here.


Did you know…In the aftermath of the sinking, there were several mysterious accounts from passengers who claimed they had premonitions and “evil forebodings” prior to boarding Titanic. Some passengers said they had unusual dreams about the unfortunate disaster, including visions of people drowning.  Many shared these forewarnings with their companions while others sent letters and telegrams to their friends and relatives, prior to the sinking, relaying their ominous premonitions. The unexplained premonitions unfortunately became a twist-of-fate for many who traveled on board Titanic. Here are a few mystifying accounts and claims that were discovered after the tragic sinking:

  • Survivor Anne Ward, maid of the Cardeza family, had a premonition that something was going to happen to the ship during the maiden voyage. It is reported Miss Ward told her mother “she did not want to make another voyage across the ocean.” It is believed she could not explain what caused her fear of another voyage prior to boarding.
  • Major Archibald Willingham Butt was traveling as a first-class passenger on Titanic. He had a premonition that he would not return home from his trip to Europe. It is believed he contacted his lawyer to arrange his last will and testament and closed up his affairs preparing for death. Major Butt perished in the sinking.
  • Passenger Mr. William Thomas Stead was a well known British Journalist during the late 1890’s early 1900’s.  Prior to boarding Titanic, Stead wrote a piece for the Review of Reviews publication titled “From The Old World To The New.”   In this fictional piece, Stead described  a passenger on the White Star Line’s Majestic ship who encounters two ghostly survivors from the wreck of the Ann and Jane, a ship that sank after striking an iceberg.
  • Chief Officer Henry Tingle Wilde wrote in a letter to his sister from the Ship: “I still don’t like this Ship. I have a queer feeling about it.” Chief Wilde did not survive the sinking.
  • Survivor Eva Hart, who was seven years old at the time of the sinking, later claimed that her mother sat up every night rather than go to sleep on Titanic because she was afraid there would be an accident.


Millvina Elizabeth Gladys Millvina Dean was born on February 2, 1912, and her brother, Master Bertram Bert Vere Dean, was born on May 21, 1910. They were the children of Bertram Frank Dean and Eva Georgette Light from Southampton, England. In 1912, their parents made the decision to immigrate to Wichita, Kansas to open a tobacconist shop. The family boarded Titanic as third-class passengers.

On that frightful and freezing night in 1912, Millvina was just nine weeks old when she saw the last of her father on the deck of Titanic.

When the Titanic hit the iceberg, the family scrambled to jump into a lifeboat. Bertram Dean cried to his wife and children, “I’ll follow in another lifeboat.” Unfortunately, the family’s dream of starting a new life in America was never made into a reality. While Millvina, her brother Bertram and her mother Eva escaped into a lifeboat, her father never made it, and his body was never found.

Upon docking in New York, the family stayed in a hospital before returning to England aboard Adriatic.

She passed away on May 31, 2009 at the age of 97 as the only remainingTitanic survivor. She didn’t recollect the sinking.

Millvina once said in an interview referencing a Titanic Exhibition at London’s Science Museum, “I think it is fantastic and very, very interesting. Children still ask me all the time about the Titanic. I think it has become a piece of history, particularly because people said it was unsinkable and it was so luxurious. It is still a romantic enigma after all these years, but I still love the sea.”