>>It wouldn't be a riveted hull, but one built in the same sectional manner cruise ships are being built in today. Thats not 'cheating', thats practical. Builders could order the sheet metal with 'bumps' in the right places, if they wanted to, for a more authentic look.<<
Then it just wouldn't be a faithful replica...but anything that would be legal to sail and appealing to a broad enough base of customers to make the ship pay wouldn't be. This, Ryan, is the point your missing.
BTW, that image you have in your photobucket account is a drawing that was published in Popular Mechanics back in 1997. You'll notice that nothing has happened since then, but Popular Mechanics has quite the track record for failure in it's predictions.
>>But if we could, think of all the people who would be clamoring to ride in steerage;-) <<
And Jim raises an interesting point here. For all the press to the contrary, the glories of the Titanic were way over rated and most people would be shocked at just how small the cabins were. Even in first class, a lot of them didn't even have their own toilets! That any such accomadation wouldn't meet legal standards for habitability is obvious and the question of the steerage accomadation doesn't even bear discussion.