Titanic Passenger List Booklet
List of First Class Passengers, Royal and U.S. Mail S.S. "Titanic." From Southampton and Cherbourg to New York (Via Queenstown), Wednesday, 10th April, 1912.
In his book, The Sinking of the S.S. Titanic, Jack Thayer states that this passenger list was "carried off the ship in the pocket of the overcoat" of his mother Marian Thayer. The booklet bears the mark of being folded and there are pencil marks (asterisks, later erased) next to some names in the list.
In addition to listing passengers, crossing-specific booklets such as this also served as advertisements for the company and provided a description of amenities and services available onboard. The list for Titanic's maiden voyage includes information such as meal times, rental rates for deck chairs and steamer rugs, storage of valuables, regulations about traveling with dogs, and wireless telegram rates. A specially-printed page details Titanic-specific amenities, including an a la carte restaurant, Turkish bath, gymnasium, and squash racquet court. A "Special Notice" warns travelers about professional gamblers, and the managers ask for "assistance in discouraging games of chance." A page listing White Star Line sailing schedules indicates that Titanic was meant to make twenty-six crossings through the end of 1912.
For many ocean liner travelers, passenger lists were frequently saved as an treasured souvenir. It was only by chance that this copy was in Marian Thayer's overcoat, saving it from the being lost with the ship, and as a result it is one of the only copies known to exist.
Dimensions: 7 3/8 × 5 1/8 inches
Independence Seaport Museum
Thayer Family Collection