Finally got the different pages up and working!
This should make things a bit easier to sort through. I’ll be adding more shortly.
I really can’t decide how I feel about this. On one end, I would probably give anything to see it and how she was. But sailing it? Oh hey God/nature/fate/whatever you want to call it, lets try this again!
It seems a bit tacky, a little morbid, to me. And even though I’m saying this, I’m pretty sure I’ll be saving up every single penny I have just to even get a glimpse of it. But lets be real here - what’s going to happen to it after its maiden voyage? Its going to become just another ship making its rounds? Will it ruin this mysterious and intense fascination with the original? Are we all suppose to sail on this replica and have a grand ole’ time, forgetting what happened?
I think sometimes its better to leave things as they are. You cannot remake Titanic. You can build a ship like her, you can fancy it up to look exactly the same, you can give it the same name, but it won’t ever be Titanic.
And the fact that its being built in China bothers me so intensely I can’t even describe it. It has nothing to do with China personally, but Titanic was the pride of Belfast when she was built, her history was there. Having China remake this ship seems a bit offensive.
I’ve always been ecstatic at the idea of making a replica. But never to sail. Even on the historical society forums we’ve discussed the possibility of rebuilding her, but again, never with the intention of sailing. It would make more sense to have her as a museum, docked somewhere(Belfast?), for tours. Have half the ship be for museum guests to stay overnight, make the dining rooms & restaurants fully functional, everything as it was….but never to sail.
Titanic was Titanic, and there will never be another. It seems a bit disrespectful to me to sail this replica.
Any thoughts? Opinions? I’d love to hear them.
And I’m currently writing an article on Ismay which should be up sometime this week. So keep a lookout for it!
Please bear with me while I get this blog in order. I’m having trouble creating tag pages to better organize everything, tumblr seems to not want me to do it.
Thank you for my followers already allowing me to share her story with you!
Owner: The White Star Line (International Mercantile Marine)
Builder: Harland & Wolff in Belfast, Ireland
Dimensions: 882.5 ft Long, 92.5 ft Wide
Weight: 46,328 Tons
Height: 60.5 ft waterline to Boat Deck, 175ft keel to top of funnels, 20 Stories
Yard No.: 401
Top Speed: 23 Knots
Funnels: 4 (3 were functional, one provided ventilation)
Boilers: 29 (24 double ended boilers + 5 single ended)
Rivets Used: 3,000,000
Anchors: 2 - 15 tons each
Cost: $7.5 million to build
Keel Laid: 31 March 1909
Launch Date: 31 May 1911
Sailed: 10 Apr 1912
Sank: 15 Apr 1912 (400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland)
Depth: 2 miles under the ocean
Bow & Stern: 2,000 ft apart
Cabins: 370 First Class, 168 Second Class, 297 Third Class
On Board: Approx. 2,220 persons
Total Accommodations: 3,547 persons
Lifeboats: 20 total (actually equipped to carry 64)
Lifeboat Total Capacity: 1,178 persons