Replica to be built in Liverpool

>>You'd need a time machine to experience the real thing, but even then, the whole life-threatening thing could be an issue.<<

Definately a bummer with the "Life Threatening" part.

>>So, pick your poison.<<

Er...Pommery Pop or Piper Heidsick, thank you very much.
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I think I was pondering something along the lines of a holodeck creation - which is quite a ways in the future itself, or some form of interactive scene injection into the brain - which will of course herald the coming of the Matrix.

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Wayne
 
>>which will of course herald the coming of the Matrix.<<

I don't mind the idea of a "holodeck" simulation, assuming somebody can invent such a thing, but the Matrix is something I can do without. I do like to be able to tell the difference between cyber-fantasy and reality.
 
I would certainly take that ride if I knew how to get back. "When you enter the Matrix, there's no guarantee of you coming back alive." Are you The One?
 
>>Isn't this whole thing becoming kind of an Urban Legend?<<

That's about the size of it. This is one of those stories that's taken on a life of it's own and just plain refuses to go away no matter how often it's shown to be bogus or unrealistic.
 
>>It sounds like a bit of wishful thinking too.<<

While far from being a universal sentiment, a lot of us here are of the same opinion for the most part. Dave Gittins has a link somewhere to a website which had a listing, a very loooooooooooooooooooooong listing of replica schemes. All of them have come and gone without ever producing so much as a rowboat. A few of them may have been legitimate with legitimate meaning that there was a sincere business venture to build a replica even if the idea was hopelessly unrealistic. However, I suspect that most of them were just scams that had seperating some unsuspecting folks from their money as the real objective.
 
So basically the Liverpool thing is going to be a floating tourist trap/facade? Sad. There needs to be a real ship. Stop saying "it wouldn't work, nobody would buy a ticket" -- that is solid BS. People would be fighting to get tickets. And it wouldn't just be for the first trip. The movie made a billion dollars, right? The ship is an icon. There are going to be more than enough people out there with the money who would take a cruise. "There are restrictions that would make the ship change shape. Its nose would have to be angled for safety reasons, in case of a collision with another ship it wouldn't hit below that ship's waterline." Then do it. Whats the minimum angle allowed for the bow? There you go.

"Dave Gittins has a link somewhere to a website which had a listing, a very loooooooooooooooooooooong listing of replica schemes."

I'd love to see this. The fact people are building small-scale functioning replicas in itself says a lot.

http://www.solartanic.com/index001003.jpg

( www.solartanic.com )
 
>>saying "it wouldn't work, nobody would buy a ticket" -- that is solid BS.<<

No it isn't. Like it or not, this has been studied to death. If there was a large enough market out there to appeal to, there would have been a ship in the water by now. Don't confuse our own interest for that of the rest of the world. Fads come and go and as any Titanic society out there can tell you, the massive public interest has gone away. They have the drop in the membership roles to prove it.

As expensive as ships are and as slim as operating margins are known to be, a shipping line is not about to dump hundreds of millions and perhaps close to a billion dollars into something that they know bloody well won't pay.

>>The fact people are building small-scale functioning replicas in itself says a lot.<<

I'm afraid it doesn't. Lots of ships are popular subjects for models, including the HMS Victory, but that doesn't corrolate to a willingness to go to sea on the real thing.
 
The replica web site is still around.

http://www.put.com/gigantic/

It will give some idea of the ratbags and charlatans who have proposed replica schemes.

I think if ever somebody was going to cash in on Cameron's flick, some cruise line would have hastily converted part of the accomodation in one of its ships to resemble part of Titanic as much as SOLAS would allow. If any owners thought of this, they must have decided it wouldn't pay.
 
Quite a bit of promise...none realized...and dead websites documented there. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these blokes managed to raise some money for it either. If anyone cares to try and find that money, try a numbered bank account in Switzerland or the Cayman Islands.
 
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