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12 Amazing Foods People Ate Aboard the Titanic

Truly, no expense was spared.

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Whether you’re a history buff or just a modern movie-goer, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with Titanic. The luxury passenger liner captivated the world with its fateful maiden voyage—as well as its extreme opulence. In memory of the Titanic’s sinking on April 14, 1912, we took a look at what passengers onboard the infamous ship ate—in both first, second, and third class. For more information, check out The Last Night on the Titanic: Unsinkable Drinking, Dining, and Style.

OystersTaste of Home

Oysters

Oysters were extremely popular in the early 1900s, so it’s no surprise that first class guests dined on this delicacy as hors d’oeuvres. In addition to decadent meals, the ship had even more glitz and glamour. Here’s what life was like aboard the Titanic.

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Filet mignons Lili


First class passengers also enjoyed filet mignon as part of their dinner spread. The tender beef was traditionally topped with artichoke hearts and foie gras, creating a truly decadent dish.

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Cabin biscuits


Third class travelers were well-accustomed to cabin biscuits—a simple, cracker-like snack. The biscuits were said to help settle passengers’ stomachs and help with seasickness.

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Baked apples


First class passengers were treated to over-the-top breakfast spreads with a wide variety of dishes, including baked apples. This dish would taste amazing paired with vanilla ice cream, which has some quirky history along with these 9 facts we bet you didn’t know about your favorite foods.

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Spring lamb

The star of a second class supper was often spring lamb served with mint sauce. Other dinner options included roast turkey or curried chicken and rice.

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WatercressTaste of Home

Watercress


On the upper decks, watercress was a menu staple. It was served with many meals and was thought to aid digestion.

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Roast beef and brown gravy


While not as decadent as first or second class, third class passengers still ate pretty well. A common dinner included roast beef, gravy, sweet corn, boiled potatoes, and plum pudding for dessert. We’re not surprised the Titanic didn’t serve French dip sandwiches, especially since they have a surprising birthplace along with these 20 other foods and drinks.

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Puree turnips


In addition to decadent main dishes, second class passengers were treated to a variety of savory sides. One that stands out? Purée turnips.

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Buckwheat CakesTaste of Home

Buckwheat cakes


You could find buckwheat cakes on both a first and second class breakfast menu. Pass the maple syrup, please!

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Apple SauceTaste of Home

Apple sauce


In first class, apple sauce was often paired with a savory meat dish, such as roast duckling.

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Jacket potatoes


One dish you could find in every class? Jacket potatoes. Today we know them colloquially as baked potatoes. We’re not sure how these taters’ for their nickname, but we do know how these 16 iconic foods got their name.

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Smoked salmon


In addition to fresh herrings and finnan haddock, first-class passengers also enjoyed smoked salmon with their breakfast. Make sure you eat wild-caught salmon, as farm-raised salmon are one of the 8 fish you should avoid ordering.

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