12 Amazing Foods People Ate Aboard the Titanic

Truly, no expense was spared.

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RMS Titanic
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Purée 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 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 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.
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Smoked Salmon

In addition to fresh herrings and finnan haddock, first class passengers also enjoyed smoked salmon with their breakfast.

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.