The Ritz? Not exactly
The area shown in this photograph was actually cargo space transformed by Scots carpenter Harry “Chippy” McNish.
The ingenious McNish, who came from Port Glasgow, used wood intended for the hut on the shores of Antarctica. To the sides there are tiny cabins, each for two men. In the middle is the only common space. It was jokingly called The Ritz because it was the cramped opposite of the plush London hotel. Living right on top of each other with nowhere else to go must have produced tensions.