It has been over 100 years since the R.M.S Titanic took its one and only journey before sinking to the bottom of the Atlantic on April 15, 1912. Now, its sibling ship, an exact replica of the original, will be ready and is set to sail the very same path in 2022. The Titanic II was originally announced back in 2012, when the plans for it were finalized.
The one responsible for the second coming on this legendary ship is Clive Palmer, an Australian businessman and the Chairman of Blue Star Line. After many scrapped plans and financial setbacks, Palmer made the announcement that he and his company are going to be responsible for this massive undertaking. Titanic II will cost around $500 million to construct and will have the capacity to have 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members on board.
The ship is said to be an exact replica of the original, but with one major difference - there will be enough life boats to accommodate every single passenger on board, as well as modern radar and navigation technology. The path the ship will take will also follow the original, with the ship setting sail from Southampton, U.K. “The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York,” Palmer stated. “But she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue, and mystery in every port she visits.” What this also means is that the ship and its passengers will be passing the exact spot where the original ship sank and so many perished.
As many of us know, thanks to the Hollywood blockbuster film of the same name, the Titanic was the largest ship of its time, measuring in at 269 meters in total length. It was also the fastest ship of its time, flying by at 26 miles an hour. The Titanic set sail from the United Kingdom to New York City, on April 10, 1912. On the night of April 15, 1912, the ship hit an iceberg despite getting multiple iceberg warnings along the way.
There were a mere 16 wooden lifeboats and another four collapsible ones on board the Titanic, enough to carry 1,178 people; leaving over 1,500 people to perish. The ship's disaster changed maritime law as we know it, as well as spawned the blockbuster film starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in the late 1990s.
Titanic II was not the only replica of the original ship that was to be built. There are other replicas of the ship, including one currently being built by China that is set to be docked in the Qijang River and cost over $145 million to build. Another controversial decision was the attraction that is now available to people - diving to the wreck of the original Titanic for an astounding $105,129 per person.