For a very brief period of time in history, the RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat in the world. During its short time on the open waters, the Titanic managed to attract thousands of wealthy passengers, and then kill most of them off when the ship tragically collied with an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912. Now, Blue Star Line cruise-ship company is seeking to test fate by building a exact replica dubbed the Titanic II that will likely set sail in 2016.
More than 100 years after the original Titanic sank, plans for a replica have reached a new milestone. Australian billionaire Clive Palmer and Blue Star Line held a news conference in New York this week about progress on the ship, which was originally announced in 2012. The ship is now nearing its building phase with CSC Jinling Shipyard Company in Nanjing, China, agreeing to build the ship. CSC has already begun updating its facilities to accomodate the massive vessel.
As an exact replica of the Titanic, the Titanic II will be 883 feet long and 174 feet high, and will feature 840 cabins. It will also feature amenities such as Turkish baths, a swimming pool, squash court, and gymnasium.
One thing the makers of the Titanic II will do differently than its ill-fated predecessor is make sure that there are enough lifeboats for everyone on board.