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The Grand Staircase

The phrase Grand Staircase of the Titanic has been used to refer to the first-class entrance aboard the Titanic which contained a large ornate staircase located in the first-class section of the White Star liner Titanic. The staircase has been depicted most notably in the film Titanic. The staircase is often used by submersibles as an entry point into the sunken wreck as it is now a huge hole, which provides easy access to the ship's interior.

 

Considered to be two of the most luxurious appointments on the ship, the two Grand Staircases were designed to be used only by first-class passengers. The fore Grand Staircase descended five levels down from the Boat Deck to the D Deck in the famous appereance and continues down to E-Deck as an ordinary stairway. The staircase featured large glass domes that allowed natural light to enter the space during the daytime, oak panelling and detailed carvings, paintings, bronze cherubs (which served as lamp supports on the middle railings), candelabras, and other details. The staircase featured a clock surrounded by an intricate oak carving depicting Honour and Glory crowning Time. There are no reliable sources that describe what occurred on the fore Grand Staircase during the ship's sinking. Photographs taken by explorer Robert Ballard show that the steel infrastructure of the staircase is intact, and that the wood was likely eaten away by microbes. A 360-degree view of the fore staircase as it currently appears can be seen on the Encyclopedia Titanica website. It stands on the wreck of the Titanic as a vast empty hole, within which submersibles and cameras can gain easy access to the ship's interiors. The steel structure and even some of the detail on the balustrades of the staircase can still be made out, and some of the light fittings are still exactly as they were in 1912.

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Taken on February 12, 2009