The original Titanic was perhaps the most notorious sinking of all time. The luxe ocean liner set sail from the UK on April 10, 1912, only to sideswipe an iceberg then sink to depths of the North Atlantic five days later.
That’s not exactly the kind of history that will lure passengers, but it apparently doesn’t intimidate the people behind the upcoming replica, Titanic II. After several delays in building the ship, a tentative launch date has been set for 2022—110 years after the sinking of the original.
Allegedly the new ship will be an identical copy of the infamous liner, which sank in 1912 following a collision with an iceberg.
To avoid a repeat disaster, Titanic II will apparently be outfitted with plenty of life boats — and will have a welded, not riveted hull — plus modern navigation and radar equipment.
«The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits,» said [Clive] Palmer in a statement.
Clive Palmer is the Australian businessman who came up with this brilliant—and definitely not completely doomed—plan.
The maiden voyage, reports CNN, will actually launch from Dubai, destined for New York City. According to Blue Star Line, the website behind the effort, the ship «have the same class categories as the original Titanic. These being First Class, Second Class and Third Class.»
It will be slightly larger and have modern navigation equipment, but in most of the ways that matter, riding Titanic II will be like time travel to the first ship, hopefully with WAY fewer giant icebergs.
The line for passengers looking to stand on the prow and shout about being the «King of World» like Leonardo DiCaprio did in James Cameron’s 1997 movie, Titanic, is probably already forming outside the ticket office.