What Did the Passengers of the Titanic Eat on the Day It Sank?
The menu features light items like consommé and dumplings, and heartier offerings from the grill like grilled mutton chops and the guest’s choice of mashed, fried, or baked potatoes.
Finally, there are the buffet options — smoked sardines, potted roast beef, veal and ham pie, or corned ox tongue — and finally, an assortment of cheese — Cheshire, Roquefort, Cheddar, and Camembert, to name a few.
To wash it all down, lunch also included an “iced draught Munich lager beer,” for three or six pence, depending on size preference.
The menu was sold by online auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs, along with two other artifacts from the Titanic’s Lifeboat 1.
The rescue vessel came to be known as the Money Boat or Millionaire’s Boat by press at the time, because of rumors that the crew was bribed by a rich passenger to row away quickly from the sinking ship, instead of staying behind to save more people.
The back of the menu also features the signature of another first-class passenger, Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, who escaped on another vessel. Frauenthal and Salomon are believed to have eaten lunch together that day, April 14, 1912.