I have been a huge Titanic fan for many years.

I was so excited back in 2012, when it was first announced that a replica would be built and retrace the original route … along with other recreations.

massive replica of the sunken ocean liner has been under construction in Daying County in the Sichuan province of China.

It will be called the "Unsinkable Titanic," the ship is the exact same size as the original -- 269.06 meters (882 feet) in length and 28.19 meters (92 feet) wide.

Delays have hampered its development since 2013. The COVID-19 pandemic also caused delays over the past 1 1/2 years.

There hasn’t been much news since January, 2021. Yet, it could still embark on its maiden voyage some time in 2022.

The plan is to eventually follow its doomed predecessor's original route from Southampton to New York, according to the company behind the "Titanic II" project … Clive Palmer, an Australian businessman and chairman of Blue Star Line, announced the revival of the project following years of delays due to financial constraints.

The new Titanic, will cost about $500 million to build, could hold 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members. According to Palmer,  the launch date for the ship had been pushed back from 2018 to 2022, 110 years after the original hit an iceberg and fell to the ocean floor.

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If all goes according to plan, Palmer said the ship will travel from Dubai to Southampton before making the journey across the Atlantic.

The plan is that more than a century after the original sank to the bottom of the ocean, a new Titanic ship will set sail across the Atlantic Ocean.

The replica is the passion project of Palmer, who is also an Australian politician and is expected to make its maiden voyage in 2022.

The vision is for the $500 million luxury liner’s Edwardian-inspired interiors is to faithfully recreate the original.

Titanic II will have some crucial upgrades:

First up, there’ll be plenty of lifeboats aboard the ship, as well as modern radar and navigation equipment, and the riveted hull of the original will be updated to a welded hull.

The ship – which will hold around 2,435 passengers and 900 crew members across nine deck – will make the journey from Dubai to Southampton before sailing across the Atlantic in the footsteps of the original Wolfram-and-Hart-designed ship. From there it will circumnavigate the globe.

Ticket prices have not as yet been established.

Here’s a rendering of the Titanic II, a close replica of the 1912 Titanic cruise liner.
Titanic II - Titanic II Facebook page

Here are a few items from my own personal Titanic collection:

Harry Hurley Collection - RMS Titanic
Harry Hurley Titanic Collection
The back box above, labeled “Titanic Coal” is a certified item that actually was on board when The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.
Every time I look at this item, I think about the more than 1,500 people who tragically died.
I am hopeful that The Titanic II will be completed, although there is no guarantee.
The company posts updates on their official Facebook page @OfficialTitanicII.

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