This page refers to projects to build a replica of Titanic, especially the most recent Clive Palmer-backed project, and not the 2010 Shane Van Dyke movie.
The Sarel Gous Project (1998-2006)
1998 – the year the first major project to construct a Titanic replica began, the vision of a South African businessman named Sarel Gous.
£500,000,000 – the anticipated budget for Gous’ project.
951 feet – the intended length of the Gous replica (290 metres)
108 feet – the intended width (33 metres)
2,600 – the number of passengers that the ship was planned to accommodate.
June 2000 – the month that Sarel Gous presented his idea to Belfast City Council.
November 2000 – Gous starts attempts to raise funding.
2006 – the year that the project was abandoned, due to a lack of funding.
The Clive Palmer Project (2012-)
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.
26 February 2013 – the date that the Titanic II project received a global launch, at a gala dinner aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City.
The seeds of my interest in building Titanic II were sown when I first saw that movie, -Clive Palmer (referring to the influence James Cameron’s 1997 movie had on the birth of the Titanic II project).
$895,000,000 – Palmer’s net worth around the time the project was announced.
46,328 – the gross register tonnage (GRT) of the original ship.
56,000 – the anticipated gross tonnage (GT) of Titanic 2. GT refers to the usable internal volume of a ship.
840 – the number of rooms planned for the new ship.
9 – the number of decks in the new design.
2,435 – the number of passengers Titanic 2 will be capable of accommodating.
900 – the number of crew members who will serve aboard the ship.
2016 – the original year in which Palmer was hoping to launch Titanic 2.
2018 – the year in which Palmer now aims to launch Titanic 2.
26 March 1954 – the date on which Clive Palmer was born, in Melbourne, Australia.
Did You Know?
The dimensions of Titanic II are to be broadly similar to the original, with the main changes being below the waterline. These are to include using welding instead of riveting on the hull, a more bulbous bow to give greater fuel efficiency, using diesel generation instead of steam, and improving manoeuvrability through the use of an enlarged rudder as well as bow thrusters.
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.
9 September 2013 – the date that the model testing commenced, finishing on 12 September.
4 – the number of days testing.
31 feet – the length (9.3 metres) of the model of Titanic II used to run tests in.
980 feet – the length (300 metres) of the towing tank used to carry out open water resistance, speed and propulsion tests.
23 knots – the speed that the model was tested against.
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).
Did You Know?
The board of Blue Star Line, the owners of Titanic II, include Terry Ismay, great-great nephew of J. Bruce Ismay (the chairman of White Star Line, who himself survived the sinking of the Titanic) and Helen Benziger, the great-granddaughter of survivor Margaret Brown, who is more famously known as Unsinkable Molly Brown.
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