This Is Why People Are Still Obsessed With The Titanic
It’s been well over a century since the Titanic sank during its maiden voyage in 1912, but the tragedy still remains one of the worst maritime disasters in history and its story continues to fascinate people the world over. The White Star Line’s epic Titanic ocean liner was a paragon of the early 1900s, a time when people believed machines could overpower nature itself. The idea of a luxurious, “unsinkable” ship embodied sweeping technological advances of the time and a dangerous blend of arrogance and optimism. Read here for never-before-seen colorized photos, chilling facts, photos of items found in the wreckage, and recent developments about the ocean liner’s legacy.
1. The Floating Ritz Hotel
Titanic’s designer Thomas Andrews wanted to design an ocean liner that felt like a floating hotel. Until then, passenger liners were designed in a cumbersome English-manor-house style, but Andrews had a different vision. He was inspired by the lighter style of the Ritz Hotel, with a touch of Renaissance and French Rococo decorative details.
Of course, it was the first-and-second-class passengers who mostly enjoyed the luxurious design features and facilities. This picture portrays an intricate first class salon and reading room, which lead into the exquisite dining room. Read on if you want to discover more about what the Titanic looked like.
2. A Walk through Paris
When the lucky first-class passengers on board the RMS Titanic were hungry or thirsty, all they had to do was head over to the ship’s A la Carte restaurant where they would be wined and dined in a place which was set out much like that of the Ritz hotel. The restaurant also formed part of the famous Italian restaurateur Gaspare Gatti’s franchise.
This particular wing of the restaurant was called the Café Parisien. Titanic’s designer, Andrews, wanted to create the illusion of a French sidewalk café peppered with wicker tables, chairs and lattice trellises enveloped in ivy. These design choices made the Titanic the most luxurious ocean liner of its time.
3. Dining with Steerage
The steerage or third-class passengers on the Titanic experienced the “best” facilities any steerage passenger could have received during that era. Third-class passengers didn’t even need to bring their own food, which was seen as a huge stride in the conditions.
The saloon was a large open space and could seat 473 passengers at a time, which meant each meal needed two seatings to accommodate all 709 steerage travelers. The tables were set out like long diner tables and could seat 20. While these conditions seemed favorable, there was a big difference between the menus of each class. Read on to find out just how big.
4. Dinner is Served
The menus on the Titanic varied widely for the different classes. It’s no wonder the first-class passengers enjoyed 11 course meals – they paid very handsomely for their tickets. Below is a picture of a first class menu saved by a first class passenger Abraham Lincoln Salomon. Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, a passenger from New York, signed the back of the menu, so they likely had lunch together on the morning of April 14, 1912. The food was predominately a French cuisine with certain British influences like Roast Sirloin Beef.
First-class passengers would wait in the reception room before dinner commenced. The meals would include well over 10 courses with a different wine served with each meal. Fruit, cheese, cigars, and port were served after the meal. Diners of the second-class ate in a different saloon on the same deck as first-class, but conditions were still somewhat luxurious with large rectangular tables covered with starched white linen tablecloths and napkins. They were served a three-course meal and coffee to follow. Steerage was offered heavy, starchy food including porridge, potatoes, and cold meats.
5. Sleeping in Style
This first-class room was among the most expensive sleeping quarters on the entire ship. The Green parlor suite room was designed with the Palace of Versailles in mind. It included a vast reception room, an elegant formal lounge, a men’s smoking room, a reading and writing room, a bedroom, and a luxurious bathroom.
One of these extremely luxurious rooms was reserved for Titanic’s owner J.P. Morgan. He actually never used it because he canceled his trip at the last minute. People have speculated as to why he might have missed out on the maiden voyage of his own beautiful ship. Continue reading to learn the mystery surrounding Morgan.
6. Attention to the Last Detail
When the director of the 1997 film Titanic started exploring the Titanic wreckage after it was discovered again for the first time in 1985, he located the lounge and reception room of the suite reserved for J.P. Morgan. The fireplace boasted an expensive marble surface and gilded grilles, among the other golden features of the room.
Among the common style features throughout the Titanic’s first-class accommodations were wood carvings, wrought iron, gilded furniture, and fancy upholstery. The colorized pictures really capture what the Titanic looked like. If you’re interested to see other facilities like never seen before, read on.
7. A Titanic-Style Workout
Another facility other passenger liners of the time didn’t offer was a gymnasium. Besides for steerage, Titanic passengers could exercise at the gymnasium with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. Colonel Archibald Gracie used the gym every day and spoke about it during his interviews after the sinking and in a book he published about the disaster.
Other luxurious amenities available to the passengers were a 7 foot (2 meter) deep swimming pool, a squash court, libraries, and a Turkish bath which included a steam room, an electric bath (equivalent of today’s tanning bed), a cool room, a hot room, and a massage room. That sounds pretty luxurious!
8. The Grand Staircase
Probably the most famous feature of the Titanic was the Grand Staircase. Handmade of the finest English oak wood, the staircase showcased wood carvings and gold leaf covered designs woven from wrought iron. To let natural light flood in, the design included a wrought iron and glass dome above the staircase.
There was a beautiful wooden hand-carved clock just under the glass dome that featured two angels. The piece was called “Honor and Glory Crowning Time”. The staircase was designed with a sweeping curve and descended through seven decks of the Titanic. It opened out onto the F Deck.
9. The Society of an Age
Every spectrum of society was personified in the passengers of the Titanic. From some of the wealthiest people in the world at the time to emigrants in search of a better life, there were approximately 2,224 passengers on the ship including the crew. This picture captures people from all walks of life boarding the ship.
Some of the most well-known first class passengers were Macy’s Department Store’s owner Isidor Straus and his wife Ida, American millionaire John Jacob Astor IV and his wife Madeleine Force Astor, the “unsinkable” Denver mining millionairess Margaret “Molly” Brown, industrialist Benjamin Guggenheim, the chairman and managing director of the White Star Line J. Bruce Ismay, actress Dorothy Gibson, and Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon and his fashion designer wife Lady Duff-Gordon, just to mention a few. Read on to learn what became of those passengers who survived the disaster.
10. Was Titanic Actually the Olympic?
The RMS Titanic was the second of the three ocean liners operated by the White Star Line under the name Olympic-class ocean liners. The other two were the Olympic and the Britannic; the Titanic was the largest. Pictured here are the Titanic and Olympic side-by-side. The RMS Olympic endured a serious crash with the HMS Hawke in 1911. Seeing that the Olympic was labeled the responsible party, the White Star Line had to pay the damages to the Hawke, placing the company on the brink of bankruptcy.
There is a conspiracy theory that White Star Line’s owner J. Bruce Ismay ordered for the switching of the sister ships and a purposeful sinking of the “Titanic” so the insurance money for the Olympic could be claimed. The plan was for a small ship called the Californian to be close by to rescue the passengers and take them to New York as planned. This sounds bizarre for so many reasons, but the next conspiracy theory is be even more chilling.
11. Did J.P. Morgan Cause the Sinking?
The owner of the Titanic, J.P. Morgan, planned to board his ship for her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York. He was booked to stay in one of the main fancy parlor suites but canceled just before the ship set sail.
Morgan’s company, the International Mercantile Marine Co., bought the White Star Line, and while J. Bruce Ismay might not have been too happy about that, having Morgan’s bank account at their disposal seemed very attractive. Did Morgan know the ship was doomed or was he really as sick as he claimed? Part of the conspiracy is that Morgan warned his good friend Milton Hershey, who started the world’s most famous chocolate company, not to board the ship either. But it doesn’t end here …
12. A Plotted Death
J.P. Morgan was a very powerful businessman who was in favor of creating the Federal Reserve because it would protect banks. Conspiracy theorists speculate that Morgan made sure that three powerful men who were against the creation of the Federal Reserve boarded the Titanic so they could die in the sinking.
This move would ensure the termination of any opposition to the Federal Reserve, which was founded in 1913. Some even take the conspiracy further and say that Morgan read the 1898 book Futility by Morgan Robertson, which has stark similarities to the sinking of the Titanic. The story is about a ship called the Titan dubbed an unsinkable ship with some very powerful and rich men on board who were doomed to go down with the ship.
13. Someone’s Always Listening
The first-class lounge wasn’t just famous for its lavish furnishings and top-tier menu; It was also the place where Titanic survivor Elizabeth Lines overheard a conversation between the owner of the White Star Line, Bruce Ismay, and Captain Edward John Smith.
During the Senate hearings and interviews with survivors, Lines came forward and told the press that she overheard the two talking about Titanic’s speed and the possibility of lighting up the last boilers to speed up the ship. There were talks of surprising everyone in New York a day earlier than scheduled. She recognized Ismay because they both lived in New York several years before. Lines also confirmed his identity with the steward.
14. A Sign of the Times
The sheer magnitude of the Titanic is apparent in this shot, on a physical and symbolic level. Until 1912, no passenger line of that size ever existed. The technology and effort that went into building this ship were state of the art. The propellers of the ship portray just how giant the Titanic really was.
This image of the builders and workers of the Olympic standing under the propellers portrays its magnitude. The designs of both the ships were very similar, so this gives an idea of what the Titanic’s propellers looked like. They believed the watertight compartments rendered Titanic unsinkable, and it was this thinking that caused the sinking of this great ship.
15. The Magnitude of It All
This massive 400 kw generator makes the workers in the Titanic’s turbine room seem so small. They are the ones who had to power the machine and had the “control,” but the tragedy of the Titanic proves that no one can control the force of nature.
Titanic’s crew was split into three departments: those who manned the deck, those who powered the engine, and the rest who were in charge of food and other provisions. The engine was powered by 325 men, which meant most of the crew weren’t seamen but rather engineers, firemen, and stokers.
16. The Beauty upon Completion
Harland and Wolff, the company in charge of building Titanic and her sister ships faced no easy feat with the construction of vessels of that size. The Olympic and the Titanic were built at the same time on Queen’s Island in the Belfast Harbor, Northern Ireland. It took just over two years to construct both ships and they followed more or less the same construction process.
The construction company and engineers prided themselves on the watertight compartments and funnels (which weren’t so watertight after all); the water, heating, and ventilation system powered by a network of valves and pipes; the rudder and steering engines, two of which were steam-powered; and the radio communications known as wireless telegraphy or radiotelegraph. The latter was primarily for sending telegrams and sending messages and warnings about icebergs and weather. We all know how that turned out …
17. The Hull of the Titanic
This colorized image depicts Titanic’s hull under construction. The hull was made from rolled steel plates and held together by more than three million steel and iron rivets. Years after the ship sank, scientists discovered that the steel plates of the hull became very brittle when exposed to cold water.
No one anticipated that there would be any damage to the Titanic, but since the steel became very brittle in the harsh conditions, any damage caused the ship to sink faster than it would have otherwise. As technologically advanced the design seemed in 1912, a lot of misjudgment and human error rendered the sinking of this great vessel inevitable.
18. Shoes, Shoes, and More Shoes
You won’t find keletons at the wreckage site of the Titanic, but you will is find pairs upon pairs of shoes. While bones dissolve extremely quickly at that depth of the ocean because of the pressure and the conditions, the shoes hardly disintegrated because they were treated with tannic acid, even after a over century underwater.
All these shoes sank to the bottom of the ocean floor on the feet of doomed passengers. Seeing things like shoes and other items from the ship make the whole tragedy more personal and bring the magnitude of the situation into perspective.
19. A Silent Graveyard
The decaying wreckage is all that’s left of the majestic Titanic. At 12,500 feet (3,800 m) off the coast of Newfoundland lies the ship in ruins. Scattered about the wreck are thousands of debris and items that spilled out from the ship as it sank.
According to CNN, a study conducted in 2016 claims that in the next 15 to 20 years, a bacteria called extremophile will eat away at all that’s left of the wreck. This image is like a ghost walking through a movie set, except it’s all real.
20. There at Rest with Nowhere to Set Sail
Ever since Robert Ballard discovered the wreck in 1985, explorers have captured vivid images of what the Titanic looks like resting on the seabed with clear signs of erosion and disintegration. This is the stern or back section of the Titanic. It shows the rudder of the ship slicing into the sand with two propellers peering from each side.
Bacteria eats away at the ship, but interestingly enough, explorers claim that the pink painted on the lower part of the ship still remains visible. As time goes by, however, less and less will remain of the wreck. Something that is considered a tragedy to historians.
21. Engine Fail
Among the wreckage lie two of Titanic’s engines next to the stern. The engines are covered in orange particles called “rusticles”, formed by bacteria that eats away at iron. Seeing that it’s been over 105 years, the rusticles have formed a thick layer.
These engines were once part of the largest moving vessel created by man, and today they lie vulnerable at the bottom of the ocean under its crushing pressure. The shipwreck now looks like a ghost town abandoned deep under the ocean.
22. Split in Two
It was only confirmed in 1985 when the Titanic was discovered that during the sinking the ship split in two. Several survivors gave different accounts as to what occurred and many schemes, sketches, and graphs suggested different theories. This optical mosaic image portrays exactly where the ship split in half.
Robert Ballard discovered the bow and stern lying about a third of a mile (0.6 km) apart on the ocean bed. Eva Hart, one of the survivors who was seven years old at the time, insisted that she couldn’t take her eyes off the ship as it sank. She was on Lifeboat No. 14 and witnessed how the ship split in the middle and how, following several explosions, the funnels collapsed. The bow went down first and then the stern bobbed in the water for a short while until it sank vertically into the ocean.
23. Eva Hart’s Story
Eva Hart boarded the Titanic as a second-class passenger with her mother and father. The family was supposed to sail on the Philadelphia, but the coal strike at Southampton caused many of its passengers to be transferred to the Titanic. Hart would later divulge that her mother had an uneasy feeling about the Titanic and had a bad premonition before they departed, something she usually never experienced.
Eva was sleeping when the ship hit the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912. Their cabin gave them easy access to the deck, so after her father went to check what happened, he rushed back to gather his wife and daughter to put them on the first lifeboat. He didn’t get on and perished in the sinking. What she witnessed and experienced would be very telling of what actually occurred that fateful night. Read on to find out.
24. The Mysterious Samson
Hart insists that she saw the lights of a ship as close as 9 miles (14 km) from the Titanic while it was sinking. She even remembers some boats rowing towards the lights. After the disaster, there were rumors that there was a ship about 19 miles (31 km) away, but Hart believes she wouldn’t have been able to make out a ship and lights so clearly if that was true. Besides for the closest ship called the SS Californian that warned the Titanic of icebergs, no other ship has been confirmed as being that close that night of the sinking, so it remains a mystery.
Some conspiracy theorists tried to pin the blame on a mystery boat called the Samson that was illegally poaching seal nearby and quickly sailed away when the Titanic SOS rockets went off. That theory was disproved when thorough research proved that the Samson was actually at a port in Iceland the night of the sinking and the distance was simply too far for the ship to sail that far in that time frame.
25. Haunting Nostalgia
The Titanic’s band consisted of eight members who showed great courage because they played until the very end to calm the nerves of the passengers. They never left the ship, and hence perished in the disaster. The devastating part is that their families were billed the cost of the band’s uniforms by the Liverpool firm C.W. & F.N. Black. This caused huge controversy at the time.
Eva Hart clearly remembers hearing the band playing one of three version of the hymn “Nearer, my God to Thee” while the ship was sinking. She recalls hearing it in church several months later while she was staying at her grandmother’s and running out of the church terrified. During an interview, she recalls how the Americans brushed it off as incorrect, but she emphasized that she can never forget that tune.
26. The Sound of People Drowning
Eva Hart stated during an interview: “The most dreadful sound of all is the sound of people drowning; the screams – it’s absolutely ghastly.” She recalled how she didn’t want to talk about it for years, even with her mother, after surviving the incident.
When someone did get through to her, Hart’s mother used to ask her if she remembered the silence that followed it. She did and said that “the whole world stood still that night. Once the lights had gone; the ship had gone; the sound had gone – it was dreadful.” Hart passed away on February 14, 1996 at the age of 91.
27. Taking a Bath in Steerage
While first-class passengers were given the luxury of en-suite bathrooms, steerage class only had to two baths for 709 passengers to share. One was designated for the men while the other was for the women and children. These taps were found among the debris of the wreckage.
Captain Edward John Smith’s private bathtub was also discovered, but his was made from white porcelain with elaborate plumbing so he could enjoy both seawater and freshwater. The Captain ended up taking an “endless” bath when he went down with his ship that dreadful night.
28. The Incredible Story of Charles Joughin
The water at the time of sinking was two degrees below freezing, so no one could survive for a very long time without going into cardiac arrest or suffering from hypothermia. Swimming around would use too much energy, so that also wasn’t an option. But not for the chef Charles Joughin …
Joughin drank a lot of whiskey the night the Titanic sank, which in fact warmed up his insides to a significant degree. He was able to survive longer in the water because of his blood alcohol level. He helped many people onto lifeboats, but didn’t get on one himself. He even threw deck chairs and other items overboard to give people something to hold onto. When the ship went down Joughin swam around for about three hours in the freezing waters until the RMS Carpathia came to the rescue.
29. “This Be Your Lucky Star”
Lots of jewelry was discovered among the debris of the wreckage, but one piece struck researchers because of the sheer irony of it all. Someone on the ship possessed a lucky charm necklace that read “This be your lucky star,” but unfortunately it didn’t bring any luck for those that never made it onto the lifeboats.
Titanic carried a total of 20 lifeboats which was only enough to save 1,178 passengers. The lifeboats had the capacity to fit 68 people, but none were completely filled. Many of the boats rowed away and never came back for more passengers for fear of being taken in by the suction of the sinking ship. There was a “women and children first” policy which meant 50% of the children, 75% of the women, and only 20% of the men could survive. Most survivors were from first- and second-class because they had quicker access to the lifeboats.
30. White Star Line Property
In James Cameron’s 1997 movie, there is a scene when the steward shouts “That’s White Star Line Property! You’ll pay for that!” when Jack and Rose break down the door. In fact, this really did happen – just not by those fictional characters.
Cameron certainly did his research because he read the British and American inquiry which reported that a steward shouted those very words when a couple smashed through a door. Talking about doors: the door Rose used as a raft at the end of the movie (that couldn’t fit Jack), was actually a copy of an original door on the Titanic.
31. Precious Possessions
Many items were recovered from the Titanic wreckage including shoes, dishes, clothes, furniture, glasses, and even jewelry. Seeing that so many jewelry pieces were found in the debris, “The Titanic Jewelry Exhibit” was set up to showcase all the beautiful items found deep in the ocean, many of which are diamonds.
Most of the recovered jewelry belonged to the rich and famous passengers, and some of the owners have even been identified through extensive research. This recovered diamond ring brings people closer to those who perished on the ship and portrayed how jewelry can stand the test of time under very unfavorable conditions. It also shows what was in fashion at the time. Read on for some more fascinating stories about Titanic survivors.
32. The “Unsinkable” Margaret “Molly” Brown
For those that need a reminder, Margaret “Maggie” Brown – dubbed the “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” posthumously – was played by Kathy Bates in James Cameron’s 1997 movie. Brown survived the tragedy when she made it onto Lifeboat No. 6 as a first-class passenger. She became an American socialite when her ex-husband became a very wealthy mining magnate.
After a trip in Egypt with John Jacob Astor IV’s entourage, Brown and the others boarded the Titanic. She received her nickname because she helped people evacuate the ship and was the only one willing to go back to save more lives while the Titanic was sinking. After the survivors were rescued by the RMS Carpathia, Brown organized a survivors’ committee to help second- and third-class survivors with provisions and counseling.
33. The Baby of the Titanic – Millvina Dean
The youngest passenger on the Titanic, Eliza Gladys “Millvina” Dean was just two months old when her parents boarded the ship with Millvina and her brother. They actually weren’t supposed to board the Titanic, but owing to a coal strike, they were transferred as third-class passengers onto the ship in Southampton, England. Her father needed to emigrate to Kansas because of a tobacco shop he was going to co-own.
When the ship hit the iceberg, Dean’s father went to investigate and immediately returned to the cabin to instruct his wife to dress the children and get them on a lifeboat. Indeed, they got on Lifeboat No. 10, but without him. Only in her 70s did Dean become involved in documentaries, exhibitions, interviews, and conventions regarding the Titanic. She was the last living Titanic survivor and died at age 97 on May 31, 2009.
34. The Famous Actress – Dorothy Gibson
Actress Dorothy Gibson boarded the Titanic with her mother to return to America after a vacation in Italy. When the ship collided with the iceberg, they were playing bridge with friends in the lounge with two other women. All four survived the tragedy when they boarded Lifeboat No. 7.
Gibson approached her manager as soon as she arrived in New York and asked to appear in a film about her experiences on the Titanic. He agreed and using the clothes she wore that fateful night, Gibson acted in Saved from the Titanic, which was released less than a month after the disaster. Sadly, all known prints of the film were ruined in a fire at the Éclair Studios in New Jersey.
35. A Millionaire’s Wife – Madeleine Astor
Madeleine Astor was the wife of the millionaire John Jacob Astor. They boarded the Titanic after spending an extended time in Egypt and Paris for their honeymoon. The couple bought first-class tickets because she was five months pregnant and she wanted to have the baby in America.
Madeleine boarded Lifeboat No. 4 but without her husband because men weren’t allowed on in the beginning; he died in the sinking. His body was recovered along with $25,000 cash in his pocket. She was left a large inheritance by him and remarried her childhood friend, William Karl Dick, four years later. Astor stipulated in his will that she would lose her stipend of the trust fund were she to marry.
36. A Possible Love Story on Board – Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi
Turns out there really was a love story on the Titanic. Through interviews with Italian reporters later in life in a documentary called The Italians on the Titanic, Emilio Portaluppi, an Italian artist, spoke about his love affair. The story begins when he was hired by the Astor’s to restore their mansion in Rhode Island and to work on the New York Stock Exchange Building.
Portaluppi was visiting his family in Italy in 1911 and was booked to return to America on the Oceanic II when he received a telegram from the Astors inviting him to join them on the Titanic after their trip in Egypt. He indeed joined as a second-class passenger. There are different versions of the story regarding Portaluppi’s survival, but some say he fell into the ocean and Lady Madeleine Astor pleaded for her lifeboat to rescue him. No one knows exactly how he survived, but there is one rumor that the two had some kind of affair.
37. The Fashion Buyer – Edith Rosenbaum
American fashion buyer Edith Louise Rosenbaum Russell was a stylist for Women’s Wear Daily. She was returning to New York after reporting on the fashion worn in Paris at the Auteuil races, so she boarded the Titanic as a first-class passenger and reserved another room for her 19 pieces of luggage.
Russell actually inquired about insuring her luggage, but was told it wasn’t necessary seeing that the Titanic was “unsinkable.” The only thing she could save was her small pig-shaped papier-mâché music box that played a popular song called “The Maxixe.” She got onto Lifeboat No. 11 and played her music box to calm the children in the lifeboat.
38. Almost Lost – Ruth Becker Blanchard
Ruth Becker Blanchard was also one of the last remaining survivors of Titanic. She died in 1990 at the age of 90. She was born in India and when her younger brother contracted an illness, her mother, Nellie, decided to take her three kids, Ruth, Marion, and Richard, to America on the Titanic, leaving her husband behind. They boarded the ship as second-class passengers. Blanchard recalls that after the ship hit the iceberg, a steward told her mother, “We’ve had a little accident. They’re going to fix it, and then we’ll be on our way.”
Nellie realized things were getting worse and took her kids. She loaded Marion and Richard onto Lifeboat No. 11, but wasn’t allowed on at first. After much pleading, the Junior Officer James Moody consented, but wouldn’t allow Ruth on. Ruth was later tossed onto Lifeboat No. 13 by Moody. Blanchard didn’t talk about her experiences and even her own kids didn’t know she was aboard the ship. Later in life, she joined other survivors at the Titanic Historical Society convention to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the sinking. Read on for the latest developments about the Titanic.
39. Titanic II – The Australian Plan
After James Cameron’s 1997 movie Titanic, several people wanted to build another Titanic. It started with Sarel Gous in 1998. The South African businessman had a vision, but the project fell through in 2006 after he couldn’t secure the investment he needed.
An Australian millionaire Clive Palmer announced he’d be building a full-size seaworthy Titanic II in 2012. The launch was scheduled for 2016, but it was moved to 2018 and construction only began in September, 2017. The plan is for the ship to take the exact same route. Read on to hear about China’s upcoming Titanic revival.
40. Replica Titanic – The Chinese Plan
The Chinese have actually been the first to put their money where their mouth is and began construction of the Replica Titanic in January 2014. Run by the Chinese firm Seven Star Energy Investment, the replica is under construction by Wuchang Shipbuilding. This replica will be the same size as the original Titanic, but it’s actually not set to sail anywhere.
The ship will be the main attraction of the Sichuan resort where it will be permanently docked on the Daying Qi River and act as a floating hotel. The goal is for this ship to be a tourist attraction worth $161 million, including the replication of the dining hall, ballroom, swimming pool, theater, and cabins for all three classes. The original Grand Staircase will also be featured. Part of the plan was to screen an audiovisual simulation of the sinking, but many objected to this idea so it was sacked.
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