A massive replica of the sunken RMS Titanic is currently being built. Titanic II is a planned passenger ocean liner that will be a working modern-day replica of the said ship. Building a working replica of the Titanic has been floated several times, most notably following the resurgence of interest following the release of James Cameron’s film Titanic in 1997. But did you know how many bathtubs the third-class passengers on the original Titanic had to share?
The 700 third-class passengers aboard the RMS Titanic all had to share two bathtubs. One was assigned for men and the other one for women. In the more modern version of the ship, the cabins are said to be more accommodating.
What is The Titanic II Project?
Clive Palmer, a billionaire Australian mining magnate and politician, announced his plans to build and launch the Titanic 2 in 2012. His goal was to completely recreate the original Titanic and then have his new vessel make the same journey that killed over 1,500 people when the original ship collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912.
Palmer halted his plans three years after announcing the Titanic 2 due to an unspecified financial disagreement with the Chinese government, which is heavily involved in the project, according to CNN Travel.
However, Palmer recently announced that the $500 million Titanic II project has been revived and that the ship will set sail on its maiden voyage as soon as 2022.
The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits.Clive Palmer, Australian Billionaire Tycoon
Blue Star Line, the company in charge of the Titanic 2 experience, according to Palmer, will recreate every aspect of the original Titanic voyage to provide passengers with an authentic experience, presumably without the shipwreck.
Blue Star Line will create an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, while integrating modern safety procedures, navigation methods, and 21st-century technology to produce the highest level of luxurious comfortClive Palmer, Australian Billionaire Tycoon
The authentic Titanic experience includes the ability to purchase first, second, and third-class tickets, as well as having the same number of passengers and crew on board as the original ship. (Source: ABC News)
What Would it Be Like in the Third Class Cabins of The Titanic II?
In addition to a mock ceremonial delousing with a confetti gun, Palmer stated that third-class cabins below the water line on his ship will be as authentic as the originals while meeting modern safety standards.
First-class on the Titanic was truly unbelievable, second class was like our first class and third class – well, third class was really third class.Clive Palmer, Australian Billionaire Tycoon
If a single washbasin shared by six people seems insufficient, consider that there were only two bathtubs available for use among the 700 passengers in steerage, one for men and one for women. Passengers frequently congregated in the General Room, which served as a nursery, lounge, and communal dining area, in the third-class cabins.
Third-class cabins were designed to hold two to six passengers, grouped by family or gender. Furnishings included electricity, heat, bunk beds, and sinks for freshwater.RMS Titanic Inc, Exclusive Steward of Titanic II
(Source: ABC News)