The only reason I can think of for this carafe and glass to be still sitting upright on the shelf is that they were full of water at the time of the sinking. This is unexpected because the cabin list shows D-27 as having been unoccupied. Normally, the Victualling Department was careful to place clean glasses upside down on shelves as evidenced in numerous photos of similar cabinets on Olympic. For an unoccupied cabin, the carafe should likewise have been empty, but here we have evidence suggesting that someone turned the glass over and filled it with water from the carafe above. Is it possible that an unknown passenger was moved into the stateroom on or after sailing day? Might a steward have used one of the unoccupied cabins in his section to take unauthorized breaks? Or could this stateroom have been occupied by a passenger whose cabin number is unknown? We may never know. What is fairly certain, however, is that the unknown person’s trivial action of pouring himself a glass of water, something to which no one would normally give a second thought, helped to ensure that these ordinary objects would remain frozen in time for the next 90 years. (Left: Byron Collection, Museum of the City of New York; Right: James Cameron/Earthship Productions)