“Striking the water was like a thousand knives being driven into one’s body. The temperature was 28 degrees, four degrees below freezing” (Charles Lightoller, Titanic Second Officer).
On April 15, 1912, off the coast of the Newfoundland in North Atlantic the “unsinkable” ship sideswiped an iceberg. When setting sail there was a total of 2,240 passengers and crew members on board. When the Titanic hit the iceberg, more than 1,500 people lost their lives in the disaster. The “unsinkable” ship motivated books, articles, and now the chance for Titanic II. Harland and Wolff, the shipwright company who made the Titanic, was said to be in competition with Cunard, who made another masterpiece called the Lusitania. This ship launched the same year and was worshiped for its spectacular designs. The Lusitania had its tragic accident on May 7, 1915, when a torpedo fired by a German U-boat sunk the ship. This tragedy killed nearly 1,200 of the 1,959 passengers who were on board.
Starting with just an idea in 2012, an Australian businessman and politician, Clive Palmer, decided that work on the ship for Titanic II should commence, though the project ran into financial problems in 2015 which set them back a few steps. The ship will be essentially identical to its “unsinkable” predecessor, but in order to “avoid a repeat disaster, Titanic II will apparently be outfitted with plenty of life boats–and will have a welded, not riveted hull–plus modern navigation and radar equipment…Blue Star Line says the nine-decked ship will be home to 835 cabins, set to accommodate 2,435 passengers. You’ll be able to buy first-, second- and third-class tickets–just like in the original” (Street). The ship is planned to take off in 2022 and will follow the original journey, “carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, “but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention” (Street). However, Palmer insisted that the maiden voyage in 2022–if it should occur–will carry passengers from Dubai to New York.
Street, Francesca. “Titanic II Could Sail As Soon As 2022.” CNN, https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/titanic-2-launch-2022/index.html. Accessed 20 March 2019.