China has set its sights on rebuilding the RMS Titanic with a guarantee that it will not sink.
The full-size replica of the RMS Titanic is being constructed in the Sichuan province, an area of China that is landlocked. The nearest sea is 745 miles away, according to CNN.
Once completed, the RMS replica will be a fully functional ship, nearly identical to the original. The massive size of the RMS Titanic will reach 882 ft long and 92 ft wide, nearly the same as the original. The $145 million project is also expected to nearly mirror the original RMS Titanic, featuring the beautiful ballroom, a movie theater, all of the rooms, as well as a swimming pool. The interior design of the luxury ship is being modeled after the original, mirroring many of the details as closely as possible.
According to NPR, construction just started on Wednesday and is expected to be a huge tourist attraction once it is completed. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
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Although the RMS Titanic replica is being built in an area lacking of the sea, there is a huge reservoir nearby where the ship will officially set sail. Although the new RMS Titanic will be sailed in real water, the danger of sinking is nearly non-existent due to the carefully planned location in Daying County. There will also be no danger of rogue icebergs.
In addition to welcoming tourists aboard to experience the lavish life of 1912, tourists and homegrown visitors will have the opportunity to experience the horrific tragedy that occurred on the RMS Titanic as simulations will allow the guests to take part in a simulation that gives insight into the tragedy. Although, no one will face real dangers of being left behind on the sinking ship, nor are any real dangers expected to come from the simulation.
Despite every attempt to make the replica identical to the original RMS Titanic, the full blueprints are not available. Many of the existing blueprints were split from the original set and purchased by collectors. Therefore, the builders are being forced to fill in the gaps based upon what they have been able to obtain over the years.
Curtis Schnell is the Hollywood production designer in charge of the design aspect of the ship. He is an expert on the RMS Titanic and has chosen to lead the design in a respectful manner, due to the massive loss of life on the ship. He realizes that celebrating a ship that resulted in the death of nearly 1,500 people is a touchy subject, but assures that every detail will be tasteful and a means to celebrate the lives lost.
Schnell also realizes that some liberties will be taken in the design since some details are simply not available.
“We’re trying to get as close as we can. We are not building every room in the ship, by any means, but the shell of the ship and the exteriors will be quite accurate, there will be interior rooms to be able to tour and see from the standpoint of historical accuracy.”
— G1 (@g1) December 2, 2016
China is not the first country to attempt a replica of the RMS Titanic. Australian tycoon Clive Palmer started his construction of an RMS Titanic replica early this year. However, for unknown reasons, his ship has hit a delay and has at least two more years until it becomes a reality, if at all. If his recreation of the RMS Titanic does become a reality, it is expected to travel the same route as the original ship.
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