On the "Tipping" thread I got into the late John Maxtone-Graham who gave enrichment lecturers on cruise ships. Graham, when a kid traveled frequently with his parents across the North Atlantic on the great liners of the day. Later he wrote a number of books, my favorite is "The Only Way to Cross". His presentations were as entertaining as his books are. He gets into tipping with a lot of old day stories, for instance, here is what he says regarding heavy tippers:
"The man who showered bills of large denomination about the smoking room or inadvertently pressed a month's wages on a Cherbourg porter was not necessarily as vulgar as his behavior. I suspect that the heavy tipper's weakness is rampant insecurity; he is uncertain of how much is expected and bolstered his ego by creating satellites of obligation abut him wherever he goes. For my part, I have mixed emotions. Although the profusion of open palms on debarkation day is depressing, I think the principle of direct reward for excellent performance is sound."
He also noted that: "One-time crossers were notorious skinflints, for they knew they would never be back."
And what I found to be real interesting: "The steward's great redeeming perquisite was the tips he collected at the conclusion of each crossing. In the twenties, it was not unusual for a good deck steward to make two hundred and fifty dollars a crossing, one third of which he gave, by tradition, to the pantry man. A steward's income usually exceeded his captain's, particularly if he worked a good section the promenade deck or the smoking room. One time a new ship's surgeon about to join a great liner was taken for a drink to a favorite merchant marine hang-out in Southampton, the bar of the Polygon Hotel. What he initially thought to be first-class passengers, lining the bar and throwing down double whiskeys, were actually stewards about to report on board his same ship."