Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Titanic: What price a job on the mighty ship?

Titanic. Hydraulic launch rams below port bow. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Titanic, double bottom and initial plating of tank top of Olympic, with keel of Titanic laid on No.3 slip. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
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The pay roll of the world's most luxurious and expensively kitted out liner was revealing.

While Captain Smith earnt double his opposite number on the Carpathia, Captain Rostron, the disparity between top brass and the stewards and stewardesses on the Titanic is striking, with the captain making around 35 times as much as his most junior colleagues.

The monthly pay was as follows: Captain E Smith, £105 per month (Captain Rostron on the Carpathia, £53 a month); Seaman Ed Buley, £5 a month; Lookout GA Hogg, £5 5s a month; radio operator Harold Bride, £48 a month; Steward Sidney Daniels, £3 15s a month; Stewardess Annie Robinson, £3 10s a month.

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