For over 100 years, theRMS Titanic has sparked the interest of millions of people. Even today, the tragic tale of hubris and human error enthralls and fascinates people worldwide. The very picture of luxury and grandiosity, the ill-fated ship ”” along with over 1500 passengers and crew members ”” met its tragic end in the icy waters of the North Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg on April 14, 1912. It sank early the next morning, and has since become one of the most famous ships of all time.
Today, there are plans for the Titanic to set sail again ”” in a manner of speaking.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has announced that a fully-functioning, nearly identical replica of the Titanic ”” called the Titanic II ”” will be embarking on its own maiden voyage in 2018, 106 years after its unfortunate predecessor.
Although there are certainly differences between to the two ships, it is the similarities which are most striking, and which have captivated the minds of the public. One of the most recognizable features of the original ship is the Grand Staircase. Here you can see a side-by-side comparison of the original and a computer-generated rendering of the Titanic II's own Grand Staircase.
Some of the wealthiest people in the world stayed in the Titanic's ornate staterooms, including Molly Brown, John Jacob Astor and Dorothy Gibson. The first class staterooms of the Titanic II will feature the same lavish decor as the original.
The launch of the Titanic II was originally set for this year, and rumors about the project being cancelled had begun to spread. However, Clive Palmer has recently announced that the project has not been cancelled; merely delayed. The Titanic II's new launch date is set for 2018. Blue Star Line has been inundated with requests from potential passengers, some of them offering over $60,000 for the chance to be on its maiden voyage. Until then, however, all we can do is continue to admire both ships from afar ”” one from the future, and one from the past.