Just like the Unsinkable Molly Brown, one of the most notorious guests aboard the RMS Titanic on its tragic journey in 1912, the idea of recreating the massive ship has popped up over the years. Now, an Australian businessman and politician named Clive Palmer claims to be working on finally making that a reality as soon as 2022 — exactly 110 years after the ill-fated original.
According to a report from CNN, the new version of the infamous ocean liner will be an exact replica of its inspiration, but with some much-needed updates to ensure a safer trip for those on board. Modern navigation and radar equipment, a welded hull rather than a riveted one, and plenty more lifeboats are among the details hoping to calm down any fears about hopping along for a ride. Those modifications address three of the major issues that caused the original ship’s wreck to be so catastrophic: Poor visual navigation that meant they couldn’t see the iceberg in time; hull damage that caused the riveted steel to separate; and of course, not having nearly enough lifeboats for all the passengers on board.
Despite addressing those issues, though, we can’t help but wonder who would actually be brave enough to step foot on a ship based on one with such a sad history behind it. It’s difficult enough just making it all the way through to the heartbreaking end of the 1997 film based on the original Titanic’s journey. That said, we clearly haven’t lost any interest when it comes to news about this particular piece of history.
Palmer originally planned to debut his replica in 2012 for the 100th anniversary of the disaster, but was held up by financial difficulties. It’s still debatable whether he will actually be able to pull off his latest plans for Titanic II, but the official website for the project has provided two updates as of October 24, 2018. The first addressed how the European headquarters for the project will likely be based in Paris, while the second announced the appointment of a director for the project as a man with an especially ominous and unfortunate last name, Clive Mensink. According to the release, he will be responsible for commercial negotiations, recruitment, and training involved in the process. Ultimately, we will just have to wait and see if this new Titanic ever actually goes full steam ahead. In the meantime, we recommend watching just the cute clips of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet from the film.