Chinese-Built Replica of the Titanic to Set Sail in 2022

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  1. Megalith

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    Following a financial holdup, a replica of the Titanic, aptly named the Titanic II, has resumed construction and is expected to set sail from Dubai to Southhampton, UK in 2022 for its maiden voyage. A subsequent trip will retrace the exact route of the original by traveling from Southampton to New York, “minus the small detour to the ocean bottom.”

    The original liner, built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland, sank after hitting an iceberg on April 15, 1912 during its maiden voyage. The plans for the replica liner were first revealed in April 2012 by Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer. Though previously expected to set sail in late 2016, work on the project was halted in 2015 following a dispute with a Chinese conglomerate over royalties.
     
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  2. RogueKitsune

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    Chinese knock off of an "unsinkable" ship... the jokes practically write themselves.
     
  3. The Mad Atheist

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    Chinese built.... so it won't need a iceberg for it to sink!
     
  4. DrLobotomy

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    I vote for a Hindenburg II to be built to fly over and watch for icebergs on its voyages.
     
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    If it's an accurate replica it's probably the only cruise I'd actually want to go on. Loved that thing since I was 5 lol.
    And yes the Chinese can build some pretty good shit these days, actually they have for the last decade or more. Just none of you wanted to pay for it..
     
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  6. The Mad Atheist

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    Use real hydrogen or nien!
     
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    Titanic dispute over royalties? Call James Cameron.
     
  8. DejaWiz

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    If they're using Chinese steel, then that brittle crap will crack just from the waves causing swaying and surging.
     
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    Yeah, I want to ride on a boat where everyone is hocking loogies over the railing.
     
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    Yeah. I have no faith that a project of that size hasn't had shortcuts taken. Some are inert. Other can be devasting.
     
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    It is not an accurate replica. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_II :
    • Greater beam for enhanced stability
    • Welded, not riveted, hull
    • Reduced draught (draft)
    • Bulbous bow for higher fuel efficiency
    • Stabilizers to reduce roll
    • Diesel-electric propulsion system ... three azimuth thrusters to replace the original coal-fired boilers, steam engines and steam turbine, as well as the rudder. Also, the ship would have had 2 bow thrusters.
    • An additional "safety deck" between C and D decks for lifeboats and marine evacuation systems, with the boat deck housing replicas of the original lifeboats ... space was made for the lowered decks by removing the orlop deck, which mainly housed the boilers.
    • New 'escape staircases' in addition to the original staircases, housed in the redundant boiler exhaust uptakes.
    • Observation decks in the redundant first two funnels
    • No sheer or camber, unlike the original. Pronounced sheer was a cosmetic feature of ocean liners ... an inauthentic wedge-shaped gap has had to be added between C and D decks in these areas to produce this effect.
    • A higher bridge relative to the bow, as the superstructure has been raised by 1.3 metres by the centre section of the safety deck, and also by the removal of the sheer. This negates the requirement on the original Titanic for lookouts.
    • An overall increase in the height of the ship above the waterline (due to the insertion of the safety deck). However, the total height of the ship from the keel to funnels would be the same as the original, at 175 ft.
     
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    LOL.

    I hope they remembered to build the bulkheads all the way to the ceiling this time around.
     
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    Minor details.
     
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    seems like an odd thing to build to me these days lol
     
  16. It will really be one huge transformer, and on it maiden voyage to pearl harbour it will start to fuck up the pacific fleet, then it will stop working.
     
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    They'll make a fortune at first. Just a question of for how long.
     
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    What could possibly go wrong?

    I think it might be cool if they slapped rockets on it and turned it into a spaceship, Yamato style.

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    Just don't let this guy anywhere near the bridge on the maiden voyage.
    Zapp.png
     
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    Of course use hydrogen, helium is for hard drives!
     
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    This is literally the worst idea I've ever heard.
     
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    crappy ass room layouts ( or severely reduced nos) , if they want to follow the original.
     
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    Still enough time to get that replica iceberg Kickstarter rolling if you hurry.
     
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    the maiden voyage should be the one retracing the original...have everyone dress in period costumes, have the band play the same music etc
     
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    It will have greater brand recognition than any other Cruise ship from day one. It has a ready made market of die hard fans that should keep it profitable for decades.
     
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    What could possibly go wrong!
     
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    Stop looking at China as a place which copies everything western. It's quite boring and irritating.
    Look at it as alternate reality to the west and it suddenly becomes awesome ;)
     
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    That's just the crap they send overseas.

    If you give the Chinese an unreasonable price, they might not say no but you'll pay for it later.
     
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    Which steel foundries in China have a long-running reputation for producring at or better than US foundries?
     
  30. YeuEmMaiMai

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    naw, it'll be fine for the first 6 months and then it will break....
     
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    i'm perfectly fine with things being changed for modern safety/equipment/engines/etc.. ship building has come a long ways since the titanic mostly because of the titanic sinking.
     
  32. The Mad Atheist

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    I miss Starblazers days of my childhood, that and breast rockets!
     
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    they can call it either ChiTi or TiChi lol
     
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    Nope Nope NOPE!
     
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    Reasonable price. Unreasonable price. Same pot metal shit gets delivered.
     
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    I'll take Things That Should Not Be Repeated for $2000, Alex.
     
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    Chinese: "Of course, without the detour to the bottom of the ocean this time around!"

    God: "Hold my beer".
     
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    The Harbor Freight hand tools (the good ones) as well as pretty much any auto parts store tools are made from the "cheap" Chinese steel. It has gotten significantly better over the last decade. So much so that almost all my hand tools are from Harbor Freight.

    Nopw the super cheap stuff is still junk, but you are just asking for it if you buy the bottom of the barrel stuff made from slag and expect it to hold up.
     
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    *Not a military vessel.
     
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    *Not an icebreaker.