Airship Heritage Trust
Click here to return home 




Interiors : R100

With individual design ideas the R100's design team came up with a totally unique interior for the passenger accommodation on the ship.



R100 Ships Plans :-

Cutaway

Lower / Crew Deck

Main Deck

Upper Deck

Artists impression




As with the R101, the main design considerations for the contract for the R100 was to be able to carry 100 passenger for a number of nights accommodation in comfort. This of course had to include sleeping accommodation and public spaces on the ship.

The R100 team came up with the idea to have a three deck approach whereby the passengers could enjoy a two deck area with the crew on the third or bottom deck. This would also bring the feeling of space and height. In the main brochures describing the R100 issued at the time, it was seen that the accommodation was "intermediate in comfort between a Pullman coach and ocean liner." It was described as being inside a "small hotel"

The Main Lounge & Grand Staircase

The Main lounge. The main lounge was on the inside of the airship. The idea being that this double height deck would give a feeling of space. The lounge was also to double up as the main dining area of the ship.

A double entrance staircase lead down from the galleries where the some of the sleeping accommodation was arranged. The staircase lead down on to the main floor, then down again to the crews quarters and the lower deck.

The seating arrangements were of small tables of four, but these also could be put together to form long dinning tables as was the current fashion. Various rugs were placed on the floor to again give the feeling of a club atmosphere.

The entrance to the promenade areas were on either side of the main lounge.

The Promenade Decks

The promenade decks were wider in design than the R101 and were again of double deck construction to ensure that enough light would enter in to the ship. Seen here are passengers enjoying tea on the promenade decks. Notice the "portholes" which were the passenger cabin windows. Also notice the side entrance to the left the dining room. The upper gallery as seen, was also a place to enjoy the view and also provided entrance to further passenger cabins.


The promenade decks were on both sides of the lounge, as with the R101. As they were wider, it was viewed that they could be seen as more of a "lounge" area.

The window configuration can be seen in this photo with two sets of windows fitted into a curved recess.

The Passenger Cabins

A very rare shot of a two berth passenger cabin. The sleeping arrangements were in the form of bunks. Even though they may seem spartan by today's standards, they were fitted out with a "porthole" light, chair and space for luggage. This would continue with the "nautical" influence.

Some 50 cabins were constructed in formations of single, two and four berth arrangements.

Toilets and washroom facilities were available close by

Below Decks - The main corridor

The main corridor lead from the bow entrance to the passenger accommodation one third of the length down from the nose. As this slightly out of focus photo shows, the super structure was open and some of the interior of the ship can be seen. We are unaware as to whether in the final stages of ship construction, as to whether the walls were "doped" as in the R101. The wooden door at the end of the corridor is the entrance to the lowest level of the ship.

 

Related ships: R101 Interiors

Copyright © 2014 Airship Heritage Trust. All Rights Reserved. Copying and/or redistributing of any files is illegal under international copyright law. AHT is not responsible for the content of external sites.