34. As many as 40,000 eggs and thousands of bottles of wine were loaded on for the Titanic’s historic maiden voyage.
Keeping the crew and passengers fed and refreshed was a round-the-clock job requiring a huge team of chefs and kitchen assistants – and the biggest pantry on the high seas. According to the official inventory, 40,000 fresh eggs were taken aboard at Southampton for the voyage, as well as huge volumes of meat, cheese and other essentials. The Titanic’s crew and passengers also consumed 14,000 gallons of drinking water a day. Plus, for the first-class passengers, the ship’s cellars were filled with 12,000 bottles of wine and champagne – many of which still lie on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, unopened and perhaps even drinkable.