Picture of the Day: The First-Class Gym of the Titanic

By Megan Garber

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First-class passengers aboard the Titanic had access not only to squash courts and Turkish baths, but to another amenity, as well: a shipboard gymnasium. The facility, pictured here in colorized black-and-white, featured the 1912 versions of equipment that will be familiar to modern-day gym-goers, among them stationary bikes and rowing machines. (The curved contraption in tan at the left of the image is a machine that has since gone out of style, at least in exercise facilities: the "electric horse.") The gym was open for women between 9:00 am and noon, and for men between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. (Children were allowed inside only between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.) The facility was presided over by Titanic's physical educator, Thomas McCauley, who, in the early morning of April 15, remained at his post as the ship sank.

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