complete replica of the RMS Titanic is now being built in China, aiming to repeat the maiden voyage of the original, just without the whole striking an iceberg and sinking thing.
The Titanic II is the pet project of Clive Palmer, a billionaire Australian mining tycoon who also owns the Blue Star Line shipping company. The idea was first floated in 2012, but, in 2015, Palmer came into conflict with the state-owned CITIC Group, causing construction to be delayed for years. However, Palmer has announced that after a favorable settlement was reached, work has recommenced on the project.
The vessel is meant to be an almost exact copy of the original ocean liner, apart from some important additions like modern safety and navigation equipment and more lifeboats. Excepting being thrown into the frigid Atlantic Ocean, it promises an “authentic Titanic experience.”
When it’s finished, the $500 million replica will be able to accommodate 2,435 passengers and about 500 crew. If all goes according to plan, its maiden voyage will see it sail from Dubai to Southampton in 2022 before repeating its predecessor’s ill-fated trip between Southampton and New York.
This actually isn’t the only Titanic replica being built right now in China. Over in landlocked Sichuan province, a Chinese company is working on the $1 billion yuan “New Titanic,” a full-sized replica of the infamous ocean liner that will be safely confined to a local reservoir.
Still, it promises to be a wild ride. The 1912 sinking of the HMS Titanic which killed over 1,500 people will be recreated for tourists’ enjoyment, making the visit into an “interactive experience.”