Construction is underway in China of a full-size replica of the ill-fated White Star Line passenger ship Titanic, 46,329grt, which sank with the loss of 1,505 passengers and crew after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic on Apr 12, 1912, while on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
The replica, to be completed this October, will be the centrepiece of a new theme park, the Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort, and will be built in a landlocked reservoir in Daying County in Sichuan in central China, some 1,200km from the sea.
Visitors will be able to experience a simulated collision with the iceberg using lights and sound effects. Guests will spend around £315 a night for a cabin on board. Helping with the project is Hollywood producer, Curtis Schnell, and he stressed that the people behind the development, Star Energy Investment Group, was treating the recreation “in a very respectful way.”