Incredible pictures have revealed the replica of the Titanic, built using blueprints from the doomed ship, is nearing completion. But try not to worry too much, the boat is set to part of a theme park and will be permanently moored, meaning there's no chance of history repeating itself. Leo can breathe a sigh of relief.
The boat is being built to the original blueprints for the Titanic. Credit: Shutterstock
The huge boat is under construction in Sichuan, south-west China, and is set to cost around £125 million ($161.6m) to complete, funded by Seven Star Energy Investment. It will be situated at the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort on the Qi River and measures a whopping 269 metres long.
Images show the boat being built to the exact same specs as the original - once finished it will match its predecessor in every detail, from the size and shape of the boat to the interiors and even the menus.
More than 1,500 people died on the Titanic back in 1912 after the ship, which was dubbed 'unsinkable', hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. Despite having around 2,224 people aboard, the ship only had enough lifeboats to carry 1,178, leaving many to perish in freezing cold waters.
The project began in 2016 and is expected to be open to visitors later this year. Credit: Shutterstock
Su Shaojun, the developer overseeing the project, said: "People have never forgotten how at that time people sacrificed their lives to carry out their responsibilities, with men protecting the women and children and couples side by side in life and death.
"That is the Titanic spirit of responsibility and universal love.
"Titanic shall be rebuilt and let it become the place to pass on and experience the great spirit of Titanic.
The boat will be the centre of a tourist resort. Credit: Shutterstock
"Romandisea will therefore become a world-class tourist destination with a noble soul and spiritual pursuit."
According to the Daily Mail, the company planned to include a 'high-tech simulation' that would recreate what it felt like when the ship hit the iceberg. However, the idea was dropped after people spoke out about it being in poor taste.
Shaojin added: "In addition to the Titanic, we also have the world's largest man-made beach which visitors can go inside regardless of day or night - 365 days a year, it remains at a constant temperature.
"The man-made space can accommodate four or five thousand tourists. We will have yachts, hot springs and acres of the resort."
It's expected that the attraction will open later this year.
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