In order to sort out the rash of differing proposals and visions and
to offer my own thoughts on the issue,I have created this web page.
For general Titanic information,start your web crawl at Jim Sadur's Titanic page.
It's certainly true that the $600,788,188 spent on tickets to the Cameron film in the USA and Canada in its initial release(let alone the $1234.3 million spent elsewhere) would suffice to build a new ship on the model of the old.Even though the money would not have to be spent so fast,however,it would be a lot harder to raise.
All with thoughts on this issue,or additions/corrections for the below,are welcome to email me. But let us examine the players and ideas...
Tickets on the crossing would be priced $10,000 to $100,000.
G&E is reportedly owned by an architect.Brebbia,a lawyer,heads TDC, which is trying to do merchandising based on the Titanic and White Star names,to which the group's rights are themselves questionable. (Numerous groups use them in the USA alone,and a retired UK bus driver claims to have bought them from Harland & Wolff(!)).
No idea if president Walter Navratil(who lives in Austria) is related to Titanic survivor Michel Navratil(who lived in France).Swiss site makes broad claim to be successor to old line,with no justification.
A lavish New York media event was announced for June 1998,the start of construction planned at H&W for April 1999,but neither has made any progress.Legal action over the names,contested by Cunard,has delayed financing sought.
Later it was stated that Sunray Development was the finance company (a loan,not an investment,and $691 million,of which $477 million would pay for the ship...since estimated to cost more).
They claim to have negotiated exclusive use of the original plans with Harland & Wolff,though Gous's company would build this ship in Durban...modifying the harbor to make it possible. They intend to aggressively employ modernized modular construction.
Their December 1999 in-service date seemed highly optimistic... they then postponed it to August 2000,STILL unlikely; then they proposed April 2001...
A March 1999 Norwegian magazine article reported that the ship would in fact be about 70 feet longer than the original,and 13 feet wider, so the idea of using the original plans seems to have collapsed. It is now intended that only the top two decks will look like the original,with discos,theme restaurants,and what not in modern style filling the rest of the ship.Hidden lifeboats on the regulation level deck mean goodbye to the Palm Court/Verandah Cafe,for example,and the bridge in original style will be only for show.There will be a poop deck heliport,a swimming pool between the first(used for radar and satellite,not smoke) and second funnels...if the plans hold this time!
They proposed to carry 2600 passengers on a Titanic-size ship... the QE2 never carries over 1750 despite being twenty thousand tons larger... it would be quite an irony to see the ship that was a byword for size and luxury reincarnated as the smallest,most crowded ship in its market.Their subsequent plans for a ship twice the size involve fewer passengers.
The crowding has not stopped them seeking even more exorbitant prices than Navratil's group...$30,000 for a third class cabin, $380,000 for "Imperial class"...by way of comparison the Grand Suites on the QE2 now cost(before the customary discounts) about $45,000 per voyage in the peak season and the winter is as far from peak season as you can get.(Some sources give the top fare as only about $170,000)
However,it is commendable that this group does propose to actually build and operate their ship as a liner...unless a recent Popular Mechanics article is correct that they plan to convert to tropical cruising just like the Swiss-USA group.Their official website indicates regular transatlantic crossings AND world and Mediterranean cruises are planned...but now the site is balky. And the Norwegian article treats it as primarily a cruise ship.
In mid-2000 Gous was reported to be looking to Harland & Wolff for a new,$800 million "World's largest liner" version of the Titanic II.This involved merger with an Irish group(not previously mentioned here) that proposed to build a small scale model to travel Belfast rivers.
The Ulster Titanic Society started a new unofficial site but removed it in late 2001. Press hype continues (a November 2000 story from Australia shown here as an example is no longer available). Note that it declares the previous financing fell through and they were virtually starting from scratch.
They indicated plans to start a "White Star Lines Ltd" of their own as a for-profit merchandising arm...but with confusion with other claimants an issue,this will be renamed.
Engaged in fundraising,website and mail domain were expected to reopen April 1999,date not met.
Note that the real historical White Star Line merged into Cunard decades ago.Mark Nichol's page about them is now here.
For all the rush to use the name(see above and below) the historical company was only using the name as a d/b/a until the 1920s,being corporately Oceanic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.
Coal powered,for a while had number of passengers clipped to 900 to minimize increase in lifeboat capacity.Crew 900 also.
Has sent inquiry to Harland & Wolff and implies future of project may hinge on response.H&W wants to see financing,he is looking for backers.
Despite long lead time,in 1998 was taking reservations for 2012 voyage. Estimated ticket prices astoundingly cheap,$1000 3rd/$2000 2nd/$4000 1st,now retracted in favor of "all under $10,000".
Associated with the Raise The Titanic Foundation which recently abandoned hope of refloating the original and closed its website.
Announced in late December 1998 that they would "open the company's doors in mid-2001"...not moving 2012 target date,but they are currently without financing and will suspend seeking it until Behn has more time on his hands.Reservation-taking was also suspended.
In February 2001 announced,"returning as we said we would... essentially starting from scratch...".Intending this time to do "research",making no public announcements until funding has been secured in response to a prospectus based on the research,and a SOLAS-compliant design.Financing and arrangements targeted for 2008, and sailing remaining set for 2012 centennial.
Formerly used names White Star Line Inc., Trans Atlantic Inc.
Based in Massachusetts and in Utah(Behn,from Brockton,is a BYU student).
Design of this ship is clearly not on the Titanic's proportions,as scaling the Titanic up to 980 feet long yields only about 63,500 gross tons.
Budgeted at only $300,000,000 to build,less than any other project (though in proportion to the cheaper costs of cruise ships), but has an operational plan which no others have published.
A successful Titanic would spur this line to reconstruct other storied ships,including the SS United States,even though the original still exists and has recently been bought by the Norwegian-American Line.
Proposed a deal in customer service operations with Ritz-Carlton.
Treated the Navratil group's announcement as a realization of this dream...continued to offer proposal on Web for a while,but reports that Carnival,which was buying control of Cunard but then had yet to close the deal,is trying to stop anyone from building a new Titanic!(Nor will they themselves).He took their threats at face value and gave up hope.
Modern engines and safety precautions,but "we plan to have everything the same,cabins,furniture,crew outfits,silverware,dishes,a band of that era, etc." Also hoping to have Harland & Wolff construct it.Ship may make trips "elsewhere" and be displayed as a museum when not handling passengers or after retirement.Fares "affordable to everyone" after maiden voyage.
"We are contemplating a merger with several other small groups like ourselves.If this does come about,many of our plans are likely to change in order to compromise".
Since Yefanoff delivered the above he has turned his energies to a Russian version of the Encyclopedia Titanica,a more realizable project,while Patrik has taken up the flickering torch of this little group.
Aka Titanic 2.
Based in Minnesota,one trusts that their "Titan" will not suffer the fate of Morgan Robertson's fictitious one!
They more recently talked about a ship 1075 feet long,122 feet wide... not Titanic's proportions,but maintaining a general similar appearance "with surprises" (despite the near breakdown of the general White Star design on the Oceanic of 1928).No tonnage figure announced.
Ship was to be "a coal and oil powered concept",but they have now decided on diesel turbines with a period-design steam boiler at least for show.They hope to deal with Harland & Wolff on construction.Fares "affordable","similar to a luxury hotel's rate for an evening",frequently involving an overnight "cruise to nowhere" from rotating ports of call...ship would be open for tours in daytime and then sail with passengers each night of its visit to a port.They seek to have the St. Lawrence Seaway expanded to fit the ship.
Merchandise sales were delayed several months from initial promised
date in 1998.Now they plan distribution through major retailers.
Then announced an expanding merchandise line,target date June 1,1999.
Next website update was promised for January 15,2000.
Profit participation and free ticket offers to loyal purchasers.
Actively seeking financing for things including a Superbowl commercial, though prospectus also underwent delays.
Published a schedule for port calls starting June 10th 2002, with a Titanic's-90-1/6th-anniversary crossing,though FAQ said the ship might not be ready for 4 more months.Revised schedule December 1999 without Great Lakes port calls commenced with maiden voyage May 2004.
Announced January 2000 that operations were suspending completely until at least summer 2000...perhaps end of 2000.In late May 2000 indicated website would return with IBM e-commerce features about August 1,2000,but this plan was abandoned in favor of having a new site linking to a cargo shipping subsidiary.
Any further impact on schedules unclear.
In July 2003 the SS Titan Ltd. corporation was dissolved, soon replaced by a nonprofit SS Titan Foundation.Ricker remains at the head.Ship plans will follow on new website.
In 2006,claimed plans about to be announced for "the world's largest,longest,and fastest ocean liner ever."
In 2017,still active claiming ship would sail in 2021 at 1182 feet long,128 feet beam,165,000 gross tons,45 knots top speed
Aka "The Titan Project".
Not to be confused with a similar idea,sans convention center, recently proposed for Florida with various designers hired.
Now plans a January 2004 announcement of "a $6.8 billion deal". Latest location is Pascagoula,Mississippi.with the ship making a single Southampton to New York voyage first.
This doesn't seem to have made much impact,as of April 2004.
However,he planned 40 to 50 lifeboats,and wanted both "marvellous coal" and oil fuelled engines as well as electric motors.The lack of coaling facilities in modern ports prompted him to abandon plans for using coal. He intended Harland & Wolff to do the construction.Passenger capacity over 2100.
Huard hoped to patent the idea of rebuilding the Titanic
for 2002 or 2012,which seems unlikely;had been working on
this since circa 1996.His company,at first "White Star Line Inc.",
then "White Star Trans-Atlantic Lines Inc.",
should not be confused with name formerly used by Behn's venture;
incorporated January 1998 and registered office is said to be a
Claims copyright on the "Titanic II" name and nine-figure financing from various sponsors.
In 1998 planned to leave for Belfast July 20 "to sign papers for the rebuilding of Olympic,Titanic,and Britannic".Returned saying he had a contract for "Titanic II" and that the others would be signed for in September...then said it was a six month option expiring January 25,1999.(RMS Titanic Shipping Holdings claimed a similar deal...is theirs dead?)No confirmation from H&W...he quotes a letter from them and reports he has sent a deposit for a study.In May 1999 they apparently declined to re-enter the passenger ship construction business and he then said he was talking to a Canadian yard.
"Titanesque Cruise Line" business name appeared on 2000 website.
New website showed new Britannic as a hospital ship and called it "HMHS", but then corrected,saying it would be a "cruise ship" and apparently be called Gigantic.In 2014 planned to add a replica of Empress of Ireland to line.
For a while offered Hoefle's business plan(slightly edited) as Huard's own despite Huard wanting to build a rather different ship from Hoefle.
Assumed that he can turn a $300,000,000 profit on the first voyage! Maiden voyage plans included a halt and lifeboat tours at wreck site. Quoted fare prices have varied,even between English and French; eventually standardized on $5000 3rd class,and $12-30,000 2nd and $15-60,000 1st class. In any event,investors of over $100,000 were to get life tickets.
Planned an expanded merchandise line (Kangaroo waistcoats?).
Announced August 1,2001,"We close our doors on this project".
Nodwell said after the first crossing,ship would cruise for 20 years and then become a museum.Also hinted,improbably,at exemption from SOLAS lifeboat embarkation deck elevation requirement(see below).
Made later twists and turns,as shown below...
Later indicated he had abandoned his project,but then claimed the South African project(above) was "his" and that the guesswork-laced conceptions in the Popular Mechanics article represent the "actual design".
Afterward searched for copies of the original Titanic plans and offered a newsletter.
Claimed March 1999 that ship was under construction,would be ready by Christmas 1999,and would sail in April 2000.Not sure if this still referred to South African ship.
April 2000 came and went with no ship,and he was not reachable, until November 2001 when he resurfaced to update.
He announced that he was a senior in high school and had sold screenplays,with DON'T FEAR THE REAPER first to production... also written,not sold one called TITANIC II.Blamed failure of ship project on too many wanting to build one,later on lack of money.
In 2002 he married,had a son,and got out of high school.
In late 2002,complained that references here were causing him trouble in screenwriting career,and distanced himself from the more improbable claims of his earlier years.While this website records efforts and utterances of Titanic dreamers,it is not meant to imply that people can not mature and become more realistic in their later efforts than in what they talk about when they are 15 or 16.
In 2004 contacted us again...something many Titanic-planners have given up doing.Then seeking divorce,self-employed as travel agent. Steadily maturing compared to his earlier antics,as life experience has taught him lessons,but in late 2004 was reported serving five years in a maximum security prison for domestic violence following his divorce.
In 2009 contacted us again,asking that mention of his imprisonment be deleted from this website...but this site exists to record what Titanic-dreamers do,it is not here for their promotion or convenience, and matters of public record may be alluded to by anyone.
In March 1999,"moving into the financing stage".Examining merger with other projects(see Titanic 2012).
Billy Gray(see next entry) is listed as Head of Research Department.
Generally diesel-fuelled four-funnel designs,but Gray intended the Titanic to have coal-powered reciprocating steam engines,which he budgeted at the same $300,000,000 ones just like the original's would cost,though these would be tasked with pushing a much larger ship substantially faster(40-45 knots,he said at first,then 20-30).
Then he learned that reciprocating engines shorten ship life, and dropped this.
And then he decided to have only exact replicas of old ships
built,for non-profit educational purposes,hoping to cross the
Atlantic at times despite rules against old style ships in
service....and then,facing problems getting nonprofit status,
switched to floating hotel use.
Now looking to register a new partnership or corporation to build working ships.
Gray was born in March 1984.He is the epitome of the teenager-type project on this list(see Behn and Huard)...long on enthusiasm and short on expertise.Wanted money,as everyone here does...his budgets for these ships ran up to $5,000,000,000.
Has approached SS Titan,Huard,and possibly others with offers of assistance in return for lifetime 1st class travel and "a master key" and requests for crew positions.Is apparently also a member of "Project Titanic".
He intended to follow the new "Titanic" with a larger new Britannic, then an even larger new Olympic,then a still larger "Atlantic",with an "Oceantanic" presumably larger yet waiting on whether the others made money.Past that,"Red Star" and "Pacific" were possible but unbudgeted...and "Shining Star"...dreamed of a huge fleet including smaller vessels...then suddenly gave up.
Provides rudimentary,arbitrary,naive plan drawings on request...his plans changed constantly in a business proposal that lasted about two days.
Later sais he was back in business...seeking to incorporate or register,which he had not.Then he said he would be a for-profit entity with Pacific and other subsidiaries.THEN he said he had no money to register and would merge or fold.THEN he said he would be a non-profit,taking donations,offering trips to the disadvantaged, and building only three ships...or not...and abandoning the Red Star name.Then projected incorporation for 1999.
He also would like to buy and refurbish the SS United States. Said Gibbs & Cox had agreed to design his ships.
Proposed cheap ticket prices.
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They may all chase the rainbow,but if a ship does get built it would be the greatest shame of all to see one built that is unworthy of the legacy it claims.
One thing I most dearly hope to see is the building of an honest-to-God LINER rather than the chubby,indolent *cruise ships* that have taken over the passenger ship industry. It's like the sidekick of a vanished superhero swabbing off his mystique and doing nothing but getting fatter...a liner goes someplace across the ocean,a cruise ship hugs coasts and goes around in circles.
The Navratil group in fact lacks the gumption...after one UK-US-UK round trip,they plan to convert their ship for cruises.Such conversions do happen,but I wonder if they understand what it takes.Accuracy in replicating the Titanic translates into differences from the cruiser paradigm.Hoefle tosses the Titanic design to the winds...I think any deviation from the Titanic's proportions should be as needed for speed, as the Titanic is honored by building a liner,not a cruiser! Ricker's group envisions only (or overwhelmingly) cruise-style use even while (it seemed) maintaining the original design....they have not made clear how they propose to scale it up into "the world's largest liner" and apparently have not tackled that detail.
In any event,an exact replica of the Titanic could not legally operate,thanks to what happened to the Titanic.I'm not sure how much latitude has been envisioned in the Gigantic Project as a "sister" to the Olympic/Titanic/Britannic...the 48 full-size lifeboats Harland & Wolff recommended and planned building the ship with although White Star insisted little need be added to the legally required 16 would be alteration number one,followed by the other safety improvements on the (nonetheless quickly sunk) Britannic... from a practical standpoint,required changes would take the form of conformance to the Safety Of Life At Sea(SOLAS) Convention of the International Maritime Organization.This would cover numerous facets of design,construction,and operation.
For example,there would have to be massive fireproofing,cabin arrangements would have to be reorganized,stairways and doors would have to be added,lifeboats would have to be nearer the water...
However,this would really be just the beginning of differences between the Edwardian concept whose keel was laid in 1909 and a ship that could be constructed and operated today.The Titanic had coal-fired steam engines that took a crew of 329...which today would be an unbelievable expense,people do not work for 1912 wages!Recall that the Royal Yacht Britannia was retired because its 1980s-refitted 1950s technology was too inefficient for the 1990s.(Coal would run afoul of pollution regulations also).
Nor is it responsible to neglect all the advances that have taken place in metallurgy,propeller design,and other facets of naval architecture...the poor quality steel in the Titanic cracked easily. Hydrodynamics,computer modelling...the Titanic was pushing the envelope of technology in its day,would a fitting tribute to it fail to do so?
Clearly a modern powerplant would be required,with the attendant changes in interior architecture (space not taken by furnaces and engine crew would need new uses).If it was desired to have four funnels on top for "the Titanic look",they would all or nearly all be dummies rather than the one dummy on the original.While modern steam engines are possible,the leading manufacturer has quoted $200,000,000 as a ballpark figure (half the money it would cost to build a modern ship twice the size... OR a Titanic clone,which would cost more due to various inefficiencies).
This is a special interest of mine,as I am privy to certain proprietary engineering technologies that I would love to see debut in such a high-profile showcase...it is some years from an engineering demonstration but certainly could be usable by 2012 (although not 2002) given financing. I have read that the Titanic's 30,000 hp engines were "the size of a three-story house"...It may soon be possible to make engines twice as powerful fit in a kitchen!
What I am building up to is the fact that replicating the Titanic in body
can not replicate it in spirit,conveying to the new century what the
Titanic conveyed to its time.It was,then,the longest,widest,largest ship
of all time...a replica would be the smallest liner constructed for
Hardly befitting the name "Gigantic"!And as for "Titanic",I fear that the connotations of romance would be outweighed by those of tragedy in seeking to get travellers.Let there be ONE Titanic...its memory honored by its children,not its perforce-inaccurate clones.
Certainly it is beyond us to bring back the time when it had the significance embodied in the fact the Atlantic could ONLY be crossed by sea,even if we wanted to...air travel rules the roost there. To be the latest in transportation,a new ship would need to be a rocket.
For a long time liners did dominate passenger shipping,in numbers, in size,and in speed.Even as their market share shuddered in the 1950s, then collapsed in the 1960s(my grandmother sailed on the Oslofjord and Bergensfjord as long as she could),they remained the largest ships through the 1970s,when the QE2 and the France(later the cruiser Norway and now headed for the scrapyard) were close to 70,000 tons while no cruiser was even 50,000.
In the 1980s,however,Royal Caribbean launched the Sovereign of the Seas, first of a generation of 70,000 ton cruisers that by 1999 were plying the seas in dozens...and in a future economic downturn will likely clog scrapyards.Since then 70,000 has become "mid-size" as newbuilds have grown ever bigger.Now the Carnival Destiny, 101,000 tons,has been dethroned as the largest passenger ship of all time first by the 109,000 ton Grand Princess,and then by Royal Caribbean's 138,000 ton Voyager of the Seas and its "Voyager" or "Eagle Class" ships. (There were five of them in service by 2003).Cunard promised that their "Queen Mary 2" would be "nearly 150,000 tons"....and before it even entered service,Royal Caribbean ordered the first "nearly 160,000 ton" ship of the "Ultra Voyager" design,delivered in 2006.These have since been named the "Freedom Class",with two sisters of the 1,112-foot, 158,000-ton Freedom of the Seas following by 2008.Nor is this the end, with a pair of 1,187-foot 225,000-tonners delivered to Royal Caribbean in 2009 (Oasis of the Seas) and 2010(Allure of the Seas)!
Westin Hotels and partners angled for a government subsidy to build a 250,000 ton "World City"...a $1,400,000,000 project...but gave up their website in 2004.An even more ambitious project is the Freedom Ship City,aka City at Sea...4310 feet long, 725 feet wide,100 small engines...basically a 25-story building filling a barge and topped by an airstrip.In between,there is a projected megafolly called the Cruise Bowl(site down).
Oil tankers have set records for length(1504 feet),and breadth(259 feet), that are unlikely to be attained by any passenger vessel(unless one considers the Freedom Ship concept likely)...a million-ton vessel on the Titanic's proportions would not break that breadth record!
(Tankers are generally measured by deadweight tonnage,their cargo capacity,passenger ships by gross tonnage,their enclosed space... but the largest tankers exceed the World City in gross tonnage,and passenger ships are nothing next to tankers in deadweight... displacement tonnage,used for warships,is another yardstick)
Clearly,the superlatives among ships that the Titanic embodied are out of reach of the budget for a replica.
The superlatives that might be attained...even the Eagle class cruisers are to be shorter than the France-now-Norway,despite twice the tonnage; a cruiser is simply different from a liner in design.A length of 1036 feet would make a ship the longest passenger vessel in history, apart from the "Queen Mary 2" and "Freedom Class".
Volume of course goes up as the cube of linear dimension...it would take about a 23% increase in dimensions of the Titanic to make the gross tonnage go from 46,000 to 86,000...which would surpass the old Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary as the largest liner in history,though well short of the new mega-cruisers.This could bear the "Gigantic" name with some dignity...even though many passengers would have been on bigger cruisers.
One record the Titanic did not go after was that of speed...for over a
century after the 15-day Atlantic crossing by the Great Western in
1838,the "Blue Riband"(link dead),
from the 1930s in the form of the Hales Trophy,was handed between liners
that lowered the record past nine,eight,seven,six,five,and four days.
In 1952 the SS United States captured it from the Queen Mary, going from Ambrose Light to Bishop's Rock in 3 days,10 hours,40 minutes...an average speed of 35.59 knots.(Its top speed was officially 41.75 knots and reputedly higher).
In 1990 the Trophy was handed,under protest,to a catamaran ferry that went 36.65 knots as it was delivered to Great Britain, and a motorized racing yacht lodged a 53-knot claim in 1992 that despite the Guinness Book was apparently unsuccessful;in June 1998 a new ferry being delivered to Spain claimed the Trophy at 38.77 knots, and in July 1998 a sister ferry did the North Atlantic route at a speed that,with a detour,was recorded at 41.284 knots, reaching Bishop's Rock in under three days from Nantucket.(Here are a news story and puffery-filled press release about this). These records are beyond hope for any Titanic replica,but a new ship,much larger,that embodied the SPIRIT of the Titanic could have a chance.
Recently the transatlantic market belongs to the aging QE2,which
would probably be driven out of business by a new ship that outmatched
it in luxury,size,and capability.(I'm not sure if Cunard,now controlled
by Carnival,will even keep it going to 2012 anyway).
On June 8,1998,Cunard announced a "Queen Mary Project" to create what they claim would be the largest and most luxurious "true oceanliner" ever,but Carnival's track record with Holland America and Carnival brand ships shows they are not good judges of liner heritage...if good at evoking it in order to make more money on modern "floating brick" cruisers.It can be taken as a given that they will not challenge for speed,and it seemed unlikely they would want to build a ship too large for the Panama Canal,though their Destiny class of Caribbean cruisers(no liners they!) are too fat. Announcements were repeatedly delayed.
On March 10,2000,they finally announced details on this new "Queen Mary 2",saying it would be,as noted above,"over 1130 feet long", "nearly 150,000 gross registered tons",and the fastest passenger ship since the QE2 at "nearly 30 knots".This represents their future transatlantic strategy,then...they figure its 2800 passenger berths will take all the needed demand,and that speed capacity can be allowed to go down.Just how "linerish" a design the $700 million ship turns out to be remains to be seen. (Pictures of it since released have not been encouraging).
HERE and HERE are formal announcement news stories from November 2000.Tonnage has recently been given as 151,400 tons.
The QE2 deliberately slowed its crossings from 5 to 6 days,as ships can not compete for Atlantic crossings on either speed or price anyway...but I think a new ship that could do it would be well advised to run both fast and slow crossings,as the "Blue Riband Run" might appeal to the person who was short of vacation days while a weeklong crossing could attract those who wanted to savor the experience. A Titanic clone,however,would compete at a substantial disadvantage in either the liner or cruiser market that would only be increased with future newbuildings.
Hoefle doesn't get into the engineering at all,and envisions a deal in accomodations with the Ritz-Carlton group...for my money,if hotels are to be involved in the creation of the ship's accomodations,they should be Titanic victim J.J. Astor's prides, the Waldorf-Astoria and the St. Regis,and for symmetry probably the Savoy from the London end.
There have been few internal details announced about the British/ South African ship,but to put 2600 passengers on a 46,000 ton ship is clearly not the modern norm,and I'm not sure what SOLAS has to say about crowding.They propose fewer third class cabins and more high end ones,presumably using up the space they save by reducing crew size. As a direct competitor to the QE2 on the transatlantic route, it may suffer despite plans to be "as elegant as the original" and meet modern safety standards.The 1912 customer had likely had experience of more crowded ships,but not the modern customer.
Here is an information chart on how ships have grown,and space per passenger increased,over the years.
A cautionary note here might be the Italian liner Michelangelo, built in the 1960s,roughly the tonnage of the Titanic but only as many passengers as the QE2...it had trouble filling its berths and did not last long in the jet age.Titanic mystique should not be counted upon to make the difference for a ship.
There is(despite the Nostalgia plan and the Navratil $10,000 minimum passage cost for the maiden voyage) certainly a market for cheap cabins for the can-barely-afford-it Titanic fan,and third class on the original was NOT the same as "steerage" accommodation on the more downmarket steamers that then catered to the emigrants en route to Ellis Island.(There's a difference between Spartan and squalid).
I doubt the skepticism I'm evoking here appeals much to the connoisseur of the minutiae of the liner that went down 87 Aprils ago... but the largest,longest,fastest liner of all time is the idea that stirs my blood.
I am setting up a new page dedicated to the ship *I* would like to see built, which inherits some comments on this formerly on this page.
(Incidentally,I hope that if any of the new syndicates do build their ships,they have the good sense to pledge lifetime free first class travel to any survivors of the Titanic still alive at launch...an offer unlikely to be accepted,but only fitting!)
All these conflicting yet dovetailing visions out there!! Why can't all these dreamers get together,pool their resources...
.....and build it MY way?
It seems too early to tell whether ANY project to duplicate the
Titanic in either body or spirit will come to fruition...though
certainly many of the predicted timetables have fallen flat!
But if done,I think it is vital that it be done WELL...
well enough to coax a sixth star from raters who only offer five.
The worst thing that could happen is for a Gresham's Law of the Sea to
take hold,a project rushed and cutting corners driving others out of
the fray and building a flimsy ship that draws little appreciation
(let alone sinks!) and winds up losing money.The new ship,if there
is one,should become as much a byword for excellence as the old has
been for tragedy.Built to endure beyond its contemporaries in both
form AND spirit.
Perhaps it will never be more than a dream,but where are we with no
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It seems too early to tell whether ANY project to duplicate the Titanic in either body or spirit will come to fruition...though certainly many of the predicted timetables have fallen flat! But if done,I think it is vital that it be done WELL... well enough to coax a sixth star from raters who only offer five.
The worst thing that could happen is for a Gresham's Law of the Sea to take hold,a project rushed and cutting corners driving others out of the fray and building a flimsy ship that draws little appreciation (let alone sinks!) and winds up losing money.The new ship,if there is one,should become as much a byword for excellence as the old has been for tragedy.Built to endure beyond its contemporaries in both form AND spirit.
Perhaps it will never be more than a dream,but where are we with no dreams?
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