According to AFP, the ship used about 23,000 tons of steel to build, along with a cost of up to 153.5 million USD.
Dubbed the “unsinkable version of Titanic”, the ship under construction is identical in size to the original, measuring 269.06 meters long and 28.19 meters wide. The reason this ship is called ‘unsinkable’ is because it will lie ‘forever’ in a reservoir on the Qijiang River, about 130 km from the capital Chengdu and several hundred kilometers from the sea.
According to CNN, the project to build a ‘fake’ version of the Titanic first surfaced in 2016, when construction workers were just starting to build. According to AFP, the ship used about 23,000 tons of steel to build, along with a cost of up to 153.5 million USD.
Considered the most important highlight of the theme park called Romandisea, the Chinese version of the Titanic has the same interior design and amenities as the original Titanic. Accordingly, visitors to the ship can visit the ballroom, theater, viewing deck and a swimming pool. At the same time, passengers can pay a fee to stay a night on the ship. Currently, the launch date of the ship has not been determined.
It must also be added that this is not the only copy of the Titanic. In 2018, the Blue Star Line company in Australia announced the start of construction of the Titanic II after a long delay. The Titanic II is advertised as an exact replica of the famous passenger ship, with 835 cabins with a capacity of 2435 passengers. The first trip is scheduled to take place in 2022, but the company’s website hasn’t been updated since 2018.
As for the original Titanic, the ship first set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York on April 10, 1912. At the time, it was the largest passenger ship in the world. On April 14, around midnight, the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in less than three hours.
According to the US Senate report on the Titanic disaster, 1,517 people died when the ship sank. Only about 706 people survived out of a total of 2,223 passengers and crew. In 1985, a team of scientists led by Robert Ballard and Jean Jarry identified the wreck of the Titanic, which was located 350 miles off the southwest coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
A year later, Ballard and his crew used a manned deep ocean research submersible for the first time to explore the wreck.