This is real life folks, and not a Hollywood film! Blue Star Line is launching a Titanic replica to set sail in 2018!
Wait a minute? HOLY CRAP! This isn't some insane plot for a sequel folks, this is the real deal. Blue Star Line is in the process of building a replica of the actual Titanic that will set sail in 2018! That is less than 2 years from now! The original Titanic met its grim fate on April 15th, 1912 when it struck an iceberg in the Atlantic ocean on its maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, NY.
The ship sank and resulted in the loss of over 1,500 passengers and crew, and remains one of the largest disasters in maritime history. The main cause for so many lives lost was the lack of lifeboats, which had been deemed 'unattractive' on the ship during it's production.
Some relatives of the original Titanic's voyage are critical of this new venture, but Blue Star has reported that demand is off the charts, with wanting passengers offering almost $1 million for a single ticket on the first trip!
The 'Titanic II' will be about 13 feet wider to meet current regulations, and unlike the original, will carry enough lifeboats to save EVERY passenger and crew member aboard in an emergency. Its hull will be welded, not riveted, in the event it encounters the same meeting with an iceberg as it predecessor. Australian tycoon and politician Clive Palmer is leading the ship's production, which will be as luxurious as the last.
Like the movie (and original ship), the ship will feature class categories, as in first, second, and third class, where Jack a.k.a. Leonardo DiCaprio was housed, and woo'd Rose.
The NY Post also reports the ship will be sized a bit differently, and will accommodate more passengers, as well as it's speed adjusted.
The new nine-deck ship will be 885 feet long, about two more than her doomed predecessor, 174 feet high and have a maximum speed of 24 knots. She will accommodate 2,400 passengers – 177 more than the RMS Titanic.
Different from its parent, the ship is being manufactured by CSC Jinling Shipyard in Jiangsu, China, and its maiden voyage will not replicate the original's. Instead, it's reported to begin sailing from Jiangsu, China, to Dubai.