We all know about the Titanic, the sad story of how a bunch of people were taken into the depths, due to the fact that human beings seem incapable of not tempting fate! All we're saying is, if somebody describes a boat as unsinkable, it's almost certain that fate will make sure that human beings look pretty ridiculous. Maybe don't jinx the ship by tempting fate into proving us all wrong.
What we've done is pulled together some images of the Titanic II, the new boat that is being built as a replica of the original ship. Then we're going to take a look at some of the older photographs, images that show us what the first Titanic looked like before it ended up at the bottom of the ocean, and some of it underwater as well.
So, we think it's about time that we took a look at some images, from both the original Titanic and the one that is soon to be completed. We think that people will enjoy a look through the past as well as what could be coming to us in the future!
24 How Many Scale Models Will They Have To Make?
"12 August 2013 – the date that Palmer announced plans to start tests of a model of Titanic II at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA), using a wooden scale model of the prototype." (TitanicFacts)
Just looking at this image puts the reality of the scale of this ship into focus. Words and numbers mean nothing to someone not in the know, but this photograph properly shows us what we're dealing with.
This is a ship of massive scale!
23 It's to be ready some time this year!
"2019 – the year in which Palmer now aims to launch Titanic 2." (TitanicFacts) Anybody who has been following the work that has been done on this ship since it was first announced knows that it has been somewhat of an uphill struggle to complete, which is why the date in which it should be completed continues to be moved backwards. It was supposed to be finished in 2018, but now that has passed, we hope that they manage to get it out on the open ocean this year!
22 Titanic I rests
"The RMS Titanic was the world’s largest passenger ship when it entered service, measuring 269 metres (882 feet) in length, and the largest man-made moving object on Earth." (Telegraph) We can understand why, at the time, this was seen as an amazing piece of craftsmanship, the sort of thing that would not be brought down to the depths of the sea. It's easy with hindsight to make fun of people for thinking that!
21 Only a third of the passengers could have been saved
"Only 16 wooden lifeboats and four collapsible boats were carried, enough to accommodate 1,178 people. That's only one-third of Titanic's total capacity, but more than legally required." (Titanic) We often look at the way that people can get away with not properly looking after others in this world and balk at the concept. Look at how they were able to get away with not providing enough lifeboats for people to escape!
20 This Is Where It All Began
The thing about having money, is that you can essentially do whatever you want, within reason.
"30 April 2012 – the date that Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer held a press conference to announce his own project to build a replica of the ship." (TitanicFacts)
Yes, this man, due to the fact that he has so much money, decided to put together one of the most famous ships of all time, despite how that ship found its end.
19 He Has Enough Money To Do It!
"$895,000,000 – Palmer’s net worth around the time the project was announced." (TitanicFacts)
See what we mean about this guy have a lot more money than the rest of us could even imagine?
To be fair, if we had more money than we knew what to do with, maybe we would end up plunging loads of it into building a replica of a ship that has long been sunk. Who knows what this sort of money ends up doing to people!
18 A Massive Place That Catered To The Rich
"First-class passengers were given a music book containing 352 songs. Musicians on board were required to know them all, in case requests were made" (titanicfacts).
Honestly, is there any way that this place could have catered more to the rich on this voyage?
Then they leave the poorer people and the workers in some very bad conditions! Crazy to think how the poor were treated back in the day, right?
17 There will be 840 rooms
When it comes to the new Titanic, people have to start asking themselves whether or not they actually want to be getting involved.
"840 – the number of rooms planned for the new ship." (TitanicFacts)
If you ask us, we think this is quite a high number for a ship that is replicating one that didn't even manage to make it past its maiden voyage! However, we can see why some people would want take a trip on it.
16 9 decks in total
"9 – the number of decks in the new design." (TitanicFacts) The thing about this sort of ship is that a lot of it comes down to the spectacle rather than the reality of the situation, so when people see that this ship has nine decks, it's not to accommodate people. Instead, it's more about creating a place where people can come to show off their lavish lifestyle and high amount of money!
15 That's A Lot Of Coal
"The ship burned around 600 tonnes of coal a day – hand shovelled into its furnaces by a team of 176 men. Almost 100 tonnes of ash were ejected into the sea every 24 hours." (Telegraph) We really hope that the new Titanic won't be powered like this, now that we have the knowledge and understanding that burning this huge amount of coal definitely isn't good for the environment!
14 Be one of the 2,435 passengers on the new ship
"2,435 – the number of passengers Titanic 2 will be capable of accommodating." (TitanicFacts)
Wow... We don't think we've ever been on a form of transportation that has managed to hold this level of people!
Sure, if you go to a gig or something like that, maybe head into an arena and you might end up seeing that amount of people. However, if we saw this amount of people on a train, then we'd probably end up freaking out to be honest!
13 Or one of the 900 crew members
"900 – the number of crew members who will serve aboard the ship." (TitanicFacts)
In a way, it's an amazing thing that this ship will be providing this many jobs to so many people in the area.
Sure, it's a bit of a spectacle, that is definitely true, but if it can have a huge effect on the little people as well, that's something that we think should be well respected.
12 The first Titanic Was A Place Of Real Class
Just like the new Titanic, the old one was all about creating a ship that people could be proud to be seen in!
"The Grand Staircase on board descended down seven of the ship’s 10 decks and featured oak paneling, bronze cherubs and paintings." (Telegraph)
We don't think we've ever seen a staircase that is so grand, that manages to connect this many floors together. We can only imagine how it looks!
11 After 4 days of testing
If we were in charge of making sure that a replica of a ship that famously sank on its maiden voyage was able to carry this many people across the sea, we would probably be testing it as much as possible.
"4 – the number of days testing." (TitanicFacts)
Granted, we know nothing about the process of building and getting a boat out to see, but does anybody else feel like four days of testing just isn't enough?!
10 Bigger Is Better!
"31 feet – the length (9.3 metres) of the model of Titanic II used to run tests in." (TitanicFacts)
Could anybody let us know why the actual ship couldn't be placed into testing directly? Why is it that they have to use a model instead?
We really hope that it's just because the main ship hasn't actually been built yet. We would want to know that the ship we were actually stepping foot on had been tested!
9 Not Long Enough!
"9 September 2013 – the date that the model testing commenced, finishing on 12 September" (titanicfacts). Can you imagine what it must be like to be involved in the creation of this thing? Sure, it's the billionaire putting the money into it that has his name in the papers, but anybody that works on this thing can be pretty sure that they'll manage to get a job anywhere else with this thing contained in their portfolio!
8 There's A Lot Of Work Going On Here
"980 feet – the length (300 metres) of the towing tank used to carry out open water resistance, speed and propulsion tests." (TitanicFacts) Not only is there someone actually building this ship, putting together a replica to properly test it, but there are also people out there that actually have to build the machines that are then used to test the thing! There are a lot of people out there ending up with jobs because of this pet project.
7 Titanic 5000 Sounds Cooler
"5,000 – the number given to the Titanic II model by Hamburg Ship Model Basin (the company was founded in 1913, and so was running the tests in their own centenary year; this was the company’s 5000th test model)." (TitanicFacts) Seriously, why are they calling this thing Titanic II?! Who wouldn't want to get a ticket to get on a replica of a supposedly unsinkable ship called the TITANIC 5000!
6 Testing Is Likely On Everyone's Mind!
"23 knots – the speed that the model was tested against." (TitanicFacts)
Even though we don't have much knowledge when it comes to ships, even we know that this is quite a high speed!
Do you think that anyone who buys their way onto this ship, when it finally sets sail, won't be constantly thinking about what happened the first time somebody tried to get this ship together and send it on its maiden voyage?! We don't.
5 They Tried To Plan Ahead!
"22 tons of soap and tallow (rendered beef or mutton fat) were smeared on the slipway to assist its unhindered passage into the River Lagan." (Telegraph)
It's interesting to think that the people in charge certainly did make some concessions to ensure that this ship made it to where it was supposed to be, and yet they didn't do enough.
If only they had heeded the warnings of an incoming iceberg, they would have avoided a major tragedy.
4 They Wanted Everyone To Have A Good Time!
While the creation of the Titanic certainly was to do with the concept of seeing if the feat could be achieved, they clearly wanted to make sure the rich people on board were having a good time.
"There were 20,000 bottles of beer on board, 1,500 bottles of wine and 8,000 cigars – all for the use of first-class passengers." (Telegraph)
That is a lot of booze! We're pretty sure that everybody would be able to have quite a few good times onboard the Titanic.
3 Might Not Have Been A Good Idea
Sometimes, when something bad happens, we look back at what has been done and see that something more probably could have been done to stop the tragedy from happening.
"A lifeboat drill, scheduled for April 14, was cancelled for unknown reasons." (Telegraph)
There weren't enough lifeboats anyway, but that doesn't mean it couldn't have hurt to make sure that they were working well before the thing went on its maiden voyage.
2 They Picked The Best Inspiration
"The ship's interiors were loosely inspired by those at the Ritz hotel in London. Facilities on board included a gym, pool, Turkish bath, a kennel for first class dogs, and a squash court." (Telegraph)
When creating something like this, it can be important to take inspiration from the best that is out there.
Let's never forget that talent imitates, but genius steals! Let's hope that the new one takes after the best of the best in the world right now.
1 To Think It Took This Long To Find
"The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 and lies 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, around 12,500 feet below the surface." (Telegraph) When you think about the fact that this ship was one of the most famous vessels of all time, it's crazy to think that it took this long to find, right? Obviously, it was only when technology caught up to what was needed that people were able to discover the wreck of the ship in the depths of the ocean.
Sources: Telegraph; titanicfacts