Turkish Bath Cooling Room

This view was chosen specifically to match with the only known photograph taken in the Cooling Room of Titanic's Turkish Bath. Even with the photographic reference, though, it took Ken Marschall and me well over a year to flesh out all the details of the room. Of the three views I rendered of this room, this was the only one unchanged by Jim Cameron's subsequent exploration of the space in 2005. The only thing left to finish in this view is the mother-of-pearl decorative pattern on the top of the Damascus tables and the side carving of the "Cairo curtains." Also, new information has recently come to light that will cause me to completely re-work the greenish-coloured wall tiles. Ken and I have also not come to an agreement on the shape of the window openings behind the Cairo curtains...are they square or round? Or, are there even openings there? Despite a great volume of light being pumped in by Mir 2 through the portholes outboard of the Cooling Room, no light was visible to the ROV inside the room. Maybe next time....

Looking forward to the entrance vestibule. To my relief and ultimate satisfaction, the water fountain was found exactly where I thought it might be. Before Jim entered the actual room, there was no way to know if Titanic had a water fountain like the one seen in photos taken in Olympic's Cooling Room. Olympic's fountain helped adorn an ash-hoist that intruded upon her Cooling Room, and since Titanic's re-designed layout moved her Cooling Room away from the ash-hoist, Ken and I debated on whether or not the fountain was retained. A small gap in furniture placement seen in a cabin-class plan gave me reason to gamble on the fountain being mounted directly to the forward bulkhead. When the lights of the ROV turned to the forward bulkhead and reflected off the unique shape of the fountain's splashboard tiles, I jumped right out of my seat with joy. A surprise awaited us, though. Contrary to what Ken and I believed beforehand, both the valuables locker and the weighing chair were found in the foward corner of the room, next to the vestibule. This is the revised version of my original render, which takes into account the new placement of the locker and weighing chair, as well as the arrangement of tiles on the walls. I still have to put the decorative rosettes on the ceiling where the longitudinal and transverse beams intersect, finish the carving on the wooden arms and supports of the canvas "sling chairs," and complete the detailing of the balance mechanism on the weighing chair. I need to fix some anomalies in the 3D program that created the "smeared" effect on the dome soffit pattern and the streaks on the fabric of the "sling chairs." I should also experiment on the sofas, so that the covers don't look so stiff and box-like. My comments in the caption above about the Damascus tables and wall tiles also apply.

Interestingly, I found during the research for this model that the 15 drawers of the valuables locker in Olympic (there is no photo of the one in Titanic) are numbered 1 through 16. There is no drawer numbered 13. The term triskaidekaphobia was first coined in 1911 to describe a fear of the number 13, but it would seem that the outfitters at H&W were already well aware of the phenomenon by that time.

Looking inboard and aft toward the linen locker. The biggest change that I had to make to my CG model of the Cooling Room after Jim's exploration was the arrangement of tile patterns on the walls. I also did not include the vent in my original version — even though it showed in the ventilation plans — because I couldn't fit it into my original tile pattern. Jim, though, had the ROV take a good look at this area, leaving no doubt how this vent fit into the tile scheme. The vent grille is gone...I used a grille from Olympic's Cooling Room as a substitute. Jim also took a good look at the decorative lattice-and-rosette work underneath the overhanging dome, which I have yet to build into my CG model. Likewise, I haven't yet had time to create the cut-out patterns in the bodies of the bronze ceiling lamps. The unique shape of the coat-hooks and hexagonal door knob, though, are faithfully reproduced. All of my comments in the captions above about other work yet to be done apply to this view, too. Regarding the colour of the dressing-room curtains...that's guesswork on my part.

I built out the entire Bath complex, even though I only detailed the Cooling Room and Swimming Bath. Selection of floor tiles for the various rooms comes from the Britannic specification book, supplied by Simon Mills. You can see here my original furniture layout, based off a copy of the cabin-class plan. You may also notice the Olympic-style table lamps on the Damascus tables...Ken and I decided to drop these in later renders for two reasons; first, there were no table lamps in the Titanic archival photo; and second, we found no trace of the bronze lamps in the wreck. I miss the warm, local-area lighting those lamps provided, though. The Electric Bath was never seen, darn the luck, and I'm awaiting approval from a rare source to use information to fit out the Shampooing Rooms and Swimming Bath shower. Maybe one day I'll finish what I started here....