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mail room

  

The post office on the titanic was located on G-deck on the starboard side towards the bow of the ship.

The titanic was effectively a floating post office and had been commissioned to transport and handle mail from the United Kingdom's Royal Mail service, the post office was manned by five postal workers, Americans John March, Oscar Woody, and William Gwinn and British postal clerks John Smith and James Williamson who were to were tasked with sorting much of the mail contained within the 3,423 mail bags, they were also responsible for handling any letters which were posted on the ship.

After the collision with the iceberg the mail room was one of the first affected areas due to its location towards the bottom of the ship, once the men realised that the Mail Room was flooding they enlisted the help of several stewards and attempted to move 200 sacks of registered mail to the upper decks in the hope of saving them, one of the stewards urged them to abandon their posts but they refused and continued working, they were not seen again and went down with the ship along with all the mail they had worked so hard to save.

The bodies of two of the workers Oscar Woody and fellow American John March were later recovered from the sea, None of seven million individual items of mail has ever been recovered during the aftermath or since the wreck was discovered.

     


 

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Titanic Facts

Coal: Titanic burned on average 620 tons per day when cruising at 21 .7 knots

Mail: The Titanic carried 3,423 sacks of mail, That was an estimated seven million individual items

Empire State: The Titanic is about as long as the Empire State building is tall.

Water: The Titanic used approximately 14,000 gallons of drinking water every 24 hours.

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