Romandisea Titanic

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Romandisea Titanic
Romandisea Titanic artist impression.png
A computer graphic of the replica ship
History
Name: Titanic
Namesake: RMS Titanic
Builder: Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co.,Ltd
Cost: ~US $161 million
Laid down: 30 November 2016[1]
Status: Under Construction
General characteristics
Length: 882.5 ft (269 m)
Beam: 91.8 ft (28 m)
Height: 175ft (53 m, funnels included)
The original RMS Titanic

The Romandisea Titanic is an under-construction replica of the original RMS Titanic, located in landlocked Sichuan province, China. The rebuild project was first reported by media in October 2013[2] and formally launched in January 2014.[3] The ship will be the same size as the original Titanic,[4] hence 269 meters in length and 28 meters wide.

The remake will be permanently docked in a reservoir on the Qijang River[5] in Sichuan's rural Daying county.[6][7] The replica vessel, which will be the centrepiece of the Romandisea resort and will house hotel rooms, is currently under construction by the river Qi (郪江), a right tributary of the Fu River. The new Titanic is being assembled at the coordinates 30°37′42″N 105°13′19″E / 30.6282°N 105.2220°E / 30.6282; 105.2220Coordinates: 30°37′42″N 105°13′19″E / 30.6282°N 105.2220°E / 30.6282; 105.2220.

Background[edit]

In 1912, the original Titanic set out on its maiden and only voyage from Southampton in the United Kingdom to New York City. Five days into the voyage, the ship hit an iceberg and sank, killing approximately 1,500 of the 2,224 aboard.[8] Titanic was the largest ship of its time.[9]

South African businessman mogul Sarel Gous proposed building Titanic II in 1998. Gous said he had acquired the original drawings for the famous ship and now wanted to fulfill his dream. If the ship had been completed, it would have had a length of 290 metres (950 ft) and a width of 33 metres (108 ft),[10] which is 21 metres (69 ft) longer and 5 metres (16 ft) metres wider than the original.

In 2006 the Replica Titanic project was scrapped due to high costs and a low amount of support for the project.[11] The last Titanic survivor to pass away, Millvina Dean, had expressed her opposition to the project.

Another replica ship based on the Titanic was announced and planned by Australian millionaire Clive Palmer. It too was referred to as the Titanic II. The ship's maiden voyage has been delayed from 2016 to 2018 and work on this replica is yet to begin.[12][13] Deltamarin, the project's Finnish engineering partner, confirmed to Australia's ABC News in March 2015 that work at Deltamarin on the project had been halted.[14] Furthermore, the project's trademark has been abandoned.[15]

James Cameron's 1997 Titanic movie enjoys great and lasting popularity in China, and introduced the Chinese masses to the Titanic story.[16] The importance of this movie as a reference point for the Chinese developers is indicated by the fact that actor Bernard Hill, who portrayed Captain Edward Smith in Cameron's film, was present at the launch of the project and was named the "honorary captain" of the vessel to be constructed. The investors behind the Sichuan replica approach the 1912 tragedy primarily as a story of heroic self-sacrifice in the face of disaster. The CEO of the investment group is reported to have elaborated on the 'Titanic spirit':

Su Shaojun insisted that harrowing stories that happened when the Titanic sank represented a concentrated release of the noblest side of human emotions hidden deep in people’s hearts for more than a hundred years. “People have never forgotten how at that time people sacrificed their lives to carry out their responsibilities, with men protecting the women and children and couples side by side in life and death. That is the Titanic spirit of responsibility and universal love.” He thinks the Titanic spirit shall be passed on and a really unsinkable Titanic shall be rebuilt, “and let it become the place to pass on and experience the great spirit of Titanic. Romandisea will therefore become a world-class tourist destination with a noble soul and spiritual pursuit.”[17]

Construction and features[edit]

Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co.,Ltd has confirmed the replica Titanic will be a tourist attraction and that will cost approximately US$161 million to build.[18] The ship will include many features of the original, including, dining rooms, first-class cabins, second and third class cabins, Turkish baths, gymnasium and a swimming pool. It will also include replica of the original ship's engine.[19] New features will include a ballroom and theatre which were not on the original ship.[20][21] The original ship's Grand Staircase will also be remade. The ship is expected to accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 staff and will also house an interactive museum.[5]

On December 23, 2017, the Facebook page of the project indicated that boiler room 1 will be replicated; the engine room will also be recreated, complete with a (mock-up) reciprocating steam engine for visitors to see.

Using audiovisual technology, the ship was at one point intended to contain a simulation of the original's collision with an iceberg that led to the original ocean liner sinking. This caused some criticism. Hollywood production designer Curtis Schnell, who is hired in to work on the project, stated that the 1912 tragedy is approached in a “very respectful way”. However, that idea has since been scrapped.[19] As for authenticity of design, Schnell stated: “We're trying to get as close as we can. We are not building every room in the [original] ship, by any means, but the shell of the ship and the exteriors will be quite accurate, [and] there will be interior rooms to be able to tour and see from the standpoint of historical accuracy.”[22]

Xinhua News Agency has reported that it took two years to design the new vessel with cooperation from an American firm, and that the blueprints of the original ships were obtained for the purpose of a basis for the new ship.

Construction is being done based on the design of the original Titanic, and is being assisted by designers and technicians from the United States and Britain.[21]

As said by the vice general manager of the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Corp., construction of the replica is being done with investment from Seven Star Energy Investment, a private company based in Sichuan province. Prior to the commencement of building this ship, none of the numerous proposed full-size replica ships of the Titanic ever made it to the point where actual construction began. Despite this, in May 2015, Wuchang started making parts for the vessel.[23] A keel laying ceremony at the site of the future resort occurred at the end of November 2016, with Lord Peter Mandelson attending.[24]

Project status[edit]

Su Shaojun, CEO of the investment group, initially indicated that the replica was expected to be completed around the end of 2017.[25] However, the start of on-site assembly was delayed over a year and completion pushed back until 2019.[24] In January 2018 NPR reported that the project might be experiencing financial problems.[26] Aerial images captured between April[27] and October[28] of that year showed no visible changes in the ship's construction status.

On December 10, 2018, Romandisea confirmed that construction work had resumed.[29] As of late 2019 their official media site showed construction having reached D deck[30] and announced the start of a volunteer program to assist with the construction of the ship.[31]

Documentary[edit]

In December 2016 the developer signed a cooperation agreement with the United States National Geographic Channel to document the construction of the vessel.[32][33]

References[edit]

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