ReBuilding the Titanic – Titanic 2 to launch 2018
On April 15th, 1912, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from the UK to New York City. There were not enough lifeboats to accommodate all of the passengers and more than 1,500 people perished (out of 2,224!), marking it as one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.
But you probably knew all that, having watched the second VHS in the two-pack set of James Cameron’s 1997 masterpiece ad nauseam (I know I’m not the only one, people.) Now, more than a century after penniless artist Jack Dawson succumbed to the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean, a fully-functioning replica is in the works.
This is not a drill.
The Titanic II is a $300 million GBP (~$432 million) project, funded by Australian billionaire and owner of Blue Star Line, Clive Palmer. As I mentioned, the ship is identical to the original Titanic- aside from having enough life boats this time, of course.
The Titanic II will replicate the original in length, but will have a few extra meters in width for added stability. It will also feature the concept of three passenger classes— that’s First, Second, and Third Class. And Blue Star Line has provided a first look at what it might look like.
The grand staircase:
The RMS Titanic was one of the first ships to accommodate a swimming pool and Turkish baths, located on the middle deck.
Clean water was pumped in from the ocean then heated up.
First Class luxury eating area, The Café Parisien:
The First Class Dining Saloon on the Saloon Deck spanned the width of the ship:
First Class State Rooms:
The bridge and wheelhouse at the front of the ship will be replicated, but only for show.
We’ve come a long way regarding technology in the last hundred years, so the control room is set to look more like this:
“The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you’d expect on a 21st century ship,” marketing director James McDonald told the Independent.
The Luxurious First Class Smoke Room, allowed for men only:
Hopefully they don’t enforce that rule.
Dining facilities differed depending on class. Third Class– or “Steerage” had their own dining facilities altogether, eating at long tables family-style.
Although Steerage facilities were not necessarily luxurious, they were far better than the ones provided by other ships of the time.
Titanic II is even set to have an Edwardian style gym:
Once completed, the Titanic II will set sail in 2018, departing from Jiangsu in eastern China and heading to Dubai (but of course) instead of Southampton to New York.
She will house 2,435 passengers and 900 crew (just slightly more than Titanic itself), and, of course, enough lifeboats to actually save everybody in case the catastrophic happens (again).
Tickets are not yet available, and, devastatingly, there are no current job opportunities up for grabs (I checked). One could always hope, though…it is the ship of dreams, after all.
So so excited!! I need to go on this!!! 😀