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Here’s What the Most Expensive Ticket on the Titanic Would Have Bought You

Even if it had dodged that iceberg 104 years ago today, the R.M.S. Titanic might still be remembered as the most luxurious ship of its time, perhaps of any time.

Costing $7.5 million in 1912 dollars to build and furnish—the equivalent of $180 million today—it spared no expense, except in the little matter of lifeboats.

As a way of drawing attention to one’s election campaign, it is — if nothing else — unique. Clive Palmer, one of Australia’s wealthiest businessmen, has unveiled plans to build a replica of the Titanic, which he hopes will sail from England to New York in 2016. He has also announced he is standing for federal parliament in the seat held by the deputy prime minister and treasurer.

While the second- and even third-class accommodations on the Titanic were a cut above what passengers might find on other ships, it was in first class that the White Star Line tended to go, let’s say, overboard.

So what did a first-class ticket on the Titanic buy you? Consider the case of Charlotte Drake Cardeza, age 58, of Philadephia.

 

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