Behold, it’s the Rebirth of the Titanic
The unfortunate events of 1912, when the original Titanic sank, were brought to life on the big screen thanks to Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron. This was the first time that this generation was able to fully grasp the grandiosity of what came to be known as the ship of dreams, minus the love story aspect of the film, of course.
However, it has become very clear that people are not ready to let go of the Titanic just yet. According to reports, a replica of the ship that sailed over a century ago is currently in development with a date of initial sail set in 2022.
This ship, being called simply the Titanic II, first emerged as an idea in an announcement that was made in the year 2013, however lack of investment into the project resulted in suspension of its development for an indefinite period of time. Now those financial constraints have been overcome, and work on the ship is officially underway once again.
The Ship of Dreams
There is no doubt Titanic II will attract a lot of attention as it travels the world, going from port to port so that the maximum number of people can bear witness to the marvel which was the original Titanic.
According to Clive Palmer, who is the Chairman of the company Blue Star Line that has commissioned the development of the Titanic II, the journey undertaken by the ship will have the same departure and arrival location as the original Titanic, which means it will depart from Southampton and reach New York.
Palmer has dreamed of seeing the Titanic set sail once more in the form of this new ship that is planned to look just like the original one.
The Titanic I
Although most of you probably know about the events that surrounded the sinking of the original Titanic, however the details are still shocking. Not everyone was able to afford a ticket to the Titanic, and hence the ship hosted around 2,200 people, mostly from among the richest in the world.
The ship was considered to be indestructible due to its size and structure; hence a few of the safety and precautionary measures, such as adequate number of lifeboats in case of a catastrophe, were compromised.
Only four days into its sail, the ship collided with an iceberg, which was barely visible at the top but of a full size at the bottom, eventually sinking. The Titanic had only 20 lifeboats equipped into it, although it had the capacity to carry 48.
This meant only 1178 people could potentially be saved at the time of the sinking, although had the ship been equipped with all the lifeboats it could carry, possibly everyone could’ve been saved. Unfortunately, due to lack of enough lifeboats, only around 700 people survived the sinking, while 1500 lost their lives.
No Compromise on Safety This Time
This time, however, development of the Titanic is being done without compromising any safety measures. With the help of technology, safety procedures are being implemented which will make the ship much safer than the original one. Also, while the interior of the ship will be kept just like the original ship in terms of aesthetics, modern technology will be installed to provide all the services which have become necessary in the 21st century.
The ship will also hopefully take warnings very seriously this time around. It has been stipulated that although the original Titanic did receive its fair share of warnings from other ships in the region, it did not take them seriously. However, it should be noted that at that time it was common practice for ships to ignore ice warnings, as it was believed that ice posed little to no threat to big ships, and Titanic was the biggest of them all.
Celebrating The Titanic
According to Blue Star Line, the development of the ship is being done in order to commemorate the 100-years since the launch and unfortunate sinking of the Titanic. And this time, hopefully, the ship will carry enough lifeboats just in case, although it’s better to hope that this one stays afloat.
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