Construction has begun in China on a full-size replica of White Star Line’s Titanic
A “keel-laying ceremony” was held Monday in rural Daying county in Sichuan province, according to the China News Service. The replica will measure 885 feet long/92 feet across, require 26,000 tons of steel and cost an estimated 1 billion yuan (US$145 million), according to West China Daily and the construction company, Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group.
The replica, part of a larger visitor attraction, will include precise reproductions of the liner’s interior and exterior, such as lamps, door handles to toilets, West China Daily reported. It will also include period costume events and a high-tech simulation environment in which guests will experience some of the horror the passengers must have felt as the great ocean liner began its decent into the North Atlantic.
Fortunately, it’s safe to say that the replica Titanic will never sink, given the fact that it will never be placed in any body of water.
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