One of the most iconic incidents to happen during the 1900s was the Titanic's collision with an iceberg, resulting in the sinking of the allegedly "unsinkable" ship. Since then, people have been fascinated with the Titanic and its stories, so much so that one of the biggest movies in history was based upon some of the incidents that happened there. Travel technology has improved vastly over the past century, however, and the fears sparked by the sinking of the Titanic have become a thing of the past.
Titanic II: Bigger, Better, and Modernized
That being said, an Australian billionaire announced years ago that he planned on making the Titanic II, an almost exact replica of the ill-fated boat. Many people were skeptical about the idea, especially after they had not heard from Clive Palmer, the billionaire with the idea and the money to do so, in a few years. But Palmer recently made an announcement that the ship would still be sailing, albeit not until 2018 due to a few hiccups in the project. For such a large-scale endeavor, the 2 year delay is a minor speed bump and it seems that both Palmer and investors are still serious about making the Titanic II a reality.
There will, of course, be a number of changes which will make the ship more modern and in line with current regulations that the maritime industry has put in place. All of the navigation devices inside of the Titanic II will be digital, instead of the antiquated systems that ship captains used to try and navigate through on the original Titanic. On top of that, the hull will be larger (approximately 4 meters) in order to ensure that the ship is more durable and genuinely more "unsinkable". The Titanic II's final measurements should be 40,000 tons in weight, 53 meters in height, and almost 270 meters in length; almost exactly the same size as the original Titanic.
Respectful Homage or Insensitive Gimmick?
While some people state that they feel like the move is insensitive to victims of the original Titanic's fateful voyage, others are emphatically enthused about the project. Many of those involved with the construction of Titanic II claim that, overall, travelers are very interested in the concept and are excited about the opportunity to have such a unique experience of history on board the massive replica. There are even reports of people desperately scrambling to try and get onto the maiden voyage of the new ship, and offering a lot of money in order to be able to do so. While an interesting debate to consider, only time will tell how the world reacts when the final Titanic II actually sets sail.
Would you want an opportunity to be able to go on the Titanic II's maiden voyage, or do you think the idea of re-creating the notorious journey is in bad taste? Is the concept just a scheme to generate buzz, or a worthwhile tribute to a telling time in world history?