Titanic II, A Historically Accurate Replica From Clive Palmer

As you know we have just finished commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, an event which occurred after the ocean liner hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic, taking over 1500 souls with her.

Well a recent press release announced that an Australian mining magnate billionaire by the name of Clive Palmer has commissioned the build of an exact replica of the doomed ocean liner, the R.M.S Titanic. The company who will build the ship are a Chinese based business, a far cry from the Belfast based Harland & Wolff company which originally built Titanic and her famous sisters over 100 years ago.

The liner will be built in the CSC Jinlin shipyard and will feature many of features originally see on Titanic plus the dimensions will be the same. Mr Palmer was quoted as saying that:

“The ship will be constructed, other than for the technology and the bow line, from the same plans as the original ship as far as layouts go and finish”.

Titanic II will have 840 rooms and 9 decks, relatively small in comparison to the cruise liners of today but it will feature the luxury once seen on the original Titanic. The ship will be powered by diesel and not coal and will include a larger rudder for improved manoeuvrability as well as a bulbous bow for greater fuel efficiency.

Mr Palmer has investments in many areas including golf and travel, he plans to expand into the luxury cruise market with 4 new luxury liners, one of which will be the exact replica of Titanic.

If built, the new vessel is expected to leave London for New York some time in late 2016.

Many may feel that building a replica of Titanic and calling it Titanic II is disrespectful to the memory of Titanic and essentially wrong, what do you think? This wouldn't be the first time a second ship with the same name as a predecessor has been built. There are many examples where this has happened in the past including some of the White Star Line's "big 4" including Celtic and Baltic and furthermore one of the most famous of all the Olympic class liner  H.M.H.S Britannic, Titanic's doomed sister ship. In fact H.M.H.S Britannic was in actual fact Britannic II, the second in a line of 3 ships carrying the name Britannic.

So, what are your thoughts on this announcement? Will it go ahead? Should it go ahead? Personally, I think it's some kind of marketing ploy for him and I don't see it ever going ahead.

Comments below please.

Titanic Memorabilia From The New York Times

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic is fast approaching and venues around the globe are getting ready to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking with the opening of museums, release of TV programs and the sale of Titanic memorabilia.

The New York Times was one of the first newspapers to report on the sinking of Titanic back in April of 1912 and they currently have a wide range of  special commemorative items up for sale over at their very own Titanic memorabilia store. Such items include a 100th Anniversary Titanic Box and a New York Times Van With Newspapers.

A collection of their most popular items can be seen below. Treat yourself to something to remember the 100th anniversary by.


Titanic Drama Hits TV Screens This Sunday On ITV 1

We're just a few weeks away from the official anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S Titanic and as expected our television screens are being inundated with programs, documentaries and dramas about the story of R.M.S Titanic. If you live in the U.K. then you'll want to watch out for a new Titanic ITV1 TV drama due to be screened this Sunday, on ITV 1 at 9pm.

This television drama is due to be aired in 4 parts in total, each of which will run for 60 minutes, including commercial breaks. It will probably depend on what you're overall view of Titanic is on whether you enjoy watching this drama. If you prefer a factually correct minute by minute account of Titanic's construction, launch and sinking then this drama probably won't be for you. This television drama seems to place a greater emphasis on the characters involved with Titanic rather than the ship herself, unlike many other dramas of this type. Each of the 1 hour episodes will begin and end at a different point during the Titanic's story, ensuring that suspense is kept throughout.

Overall, the program has received mixed reviews so far from television critics so it will be interesting to see how it pans out.

I find dramas and documentaries about this wonderful ship equally as interesting, so personally I can't wait to watch it this weekend.

Will you be watching the program? Or are you more of a drama kind of person? Thoughts below please.

The Best Titanic Museums & Exhibitions To Visit In April 2012

With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking just around the corner there is a world wide interest in the ship and her history. You can visit websites just like ours without leaving the comfort of your armchair and learn a wide range of Titanic facts but there's nothing better than seeing some of the Titanic artifacts close-up with your own eyes and experiencing her beauty.

To that end, we've put together a list of the biggest and most popular Titanic museums you might like to visit this coming April, this list includes museums based inside the USA and the United Kingdom.

UK/Ireland Based Titanic Museums/Attractions

The Belfast Titanic Museum

 Belfast has just recently seen the completion of the brand new Titanic Quarter in time for the centenary of the Titanic sinking. This massive attraction has been built in the heart of the location of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard.

Belfast city has been named as one of the top 20 travel destinations in the world this year, owing to the fact that it's the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic. The state-of-the-art attraction is the complete visitor experience and tells the story of the Titanic in an interactive and fun way from conception and design, right through to her sinking on April 15th 1912. The exhibition spreads across 10 galleries in total and brings the history of the Titanic to life with interactive experiences of the ship and the wreck.

The clad metal visitor centre spans 6 floors above slipway number 2 of Queen's Island, just next to the old Harland and Wolff head quarters, the place where Titanic was constructed, towering over the city of Belfast for almost 3 years. The shape of this immense triple building and size of the structure have been designed to convey the size and the beauty of the Titanic, providing visitors with an experience they will never forget.

The exhibition will be open from April 2012, the costs and opening times can be found on the Titanic Belfast website.

The Southampton Titanic Museum

Southampton was a key location in the Titanic story since it's the port from which Titanic set off on her maiden voyage, a voyage which was also set to be her last before she hit an iceberg and sank.

The Southampton Titanic museum has been created as part of a £15million project to preserve the memory and artefact's of Titanic. The exhibition is due to open in April of this year in the location of the former magistrates court and will provide a detailed look into the history of Titanic and her less well known sister ships, RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic.

More information about the attraction can be found of the Sea City Museum website.

The Liverpool Maritime Museum

 Often people ask what Liverpool had to do with the Titanic, after all Titanic was built in Belfast and launched in Southampton, however her registered port was the port of Liverpool.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum will open a very special exhibition within it's building on March 30th this year to tell the story of the Titanic.

US Based Titanic Museums/Attractions

Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge

The Titanic Museum at Pigeon Forge covers pretty much everything you need to know about Titanic, it offers a vast array of artifacts including life size replicas of parts of the ship and actual items recovered from the wreck of Titanic. The most notable items include replicas of the Titanic decks, lifeboats and icey water which the passengers would have been subject to.

This exhibition allows visitors the opportunity to emerse themselves in the history of Titanic, learning everything to do with the conception, construction and sinking of the Titanic, as well as the discovery of the Titanic wreck.

Visit the Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge website to find out more about this exhibition.

Titanic Experience Orlando

The Titanic experience within Orlando Florida offers a wide range of artifacts and information on the history of the Titanic, her sinking and her wreckage. The exhibition is spread over a 20,000 sq ft building which houses many real artifacts from the Titanic wreck as well as life-size re-creations such as the grand staircase. Whilst visiting the exhibition you can also have the opportunity to view one of the largest pieces of the wreck ever recovered from Titanic which has been named the "little big piece".

This Titanic exhibition is bought to life with the addition of real actors and characters in costumes who wonder around the exhibition answering any questions you may have.

Visit the Titanic Experience website to find out more about opening times and prices.

Titanic Museum Branson

The Titanic Mseum at Branson is probably one of the best and most popular museums you'll find for the Titanic and it even has it's own two story replica of the RMS Titanic.

John Josyln is the owner of the Titanic Museum Branson Missouri, his inspiration for creating the museum came from his 6 million dollar expedition to the site of the Titanic, during which time he undertook multiple dives to the shipwreck. Many of the photos and video footage taken by Josyln became the inspiration for many Titanic documentaries and videos.

The Titanic Museum at Branson MO consists of artifacts, videos, photos and real replicas of Titanic items including that of the grand staircase, walk able decks and lifeboats, all contained within the two story replica of this immense ship.

Find out more about the Titanic exhibition, times and prices on the Titanic Branson website.

Have you visited any of the above? Have you got any additional suggestions, if so then let us know by commenting below.

Titanic 3D Will Mark The 100th Anniversary Of The Sinking

On April 14th 1912 it's 100 years since the RMS Titanic struck the iceberg on that fateful night and plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic ocean just 2 and a half hours later. To remember those lives lost there are going to be many exhibitions across the world, particularly in the UK and the USA. There are also sure to be an increase in documentaries and movies about the Titanic shown during that time. One such movie is going to be James Cameron's "Titanic". Titanic is just one of many films made and released about the RMS Titanic, in addition to those others released about her sister ship, the HMHS Britannic.

Titanic the movie was released back in 1997 and was a big hit at the time, now the film has been remastered for 3D digital cinema screens. The movie is set to be the best 3D movie experience since Avatar was released a few years back.

Since the release of the very early 3D movies more and more of the big name directors such as Spielberg, Jackson and Cameron have been taking films to new levels, previously un-achievable in old style cinema.

The Titanic movie will offer some fantastic special effects and bring the story of the Titanic and it's characters to life.

Titanic will be released just 6 days before the anniversary of the Titanic's sinking on April 6th 2012. The film will be available across all major cinema screens as well as being available on the big big screen in IMAX. Cameron has said that 2D versions of the film will also be available, new digital enhancements will even offer improvements there.

I for one will have my seat booked in gold class ready to see the new version of this great movie in April. A preview of the movie can be seen in the trailer below:

RMS Titanic Model Ships And More From Our Titanic Store

RMS Titanic Model ShipJust yesterday we added the finishing touches to our brand spanking new Titanic store which has been built with the intension of offering many Titanic specific and Titanic related products for sale.

Our Titanic store isn't yet finished as we are still adding products to it, however the main functionality of the store is complete and you can now purchase products using our easy to navigate shopping cart.

At the moment we are offering Titanic models and models of other White Star Line ships such as the Olympic and Britannic, so please make sure you keep an eye out for new store additions. The current models we have on offer are a 50" and 40" hand made replica of the RMS Titanic, one of which is remote controlled and comes complete with your very own radio control. Both of these models are of exquisite museum quality with amazing attention to detail, each one is limited edition in the number made and comes complete with a certificate of authentication.

The models we're displaying have been crafted in line with accurate plans and to scale.

All of the pre-built models in our store are sourced from a reputable industry expert in hand crafted model ships of many varieties including those from the White Star Line.

We hope you enjoy the products we're offering, if you have any questions or would like to enquire about a product not featured in our catalogue then please don't hesitate to contact us.

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