Recently in the news an Australian billionaire and a Chinese shipyard are joining forces to build an almost exact replica of the Titanic which will, in 2016, sail the previous route taken by her ill fated predecessor. A staggering 40,000 people have already applied for places on this trip at astronomical prices. The ship has a family connection for me and the author DJ Kelly with whom I share a Great Grandfather who had worked on the construction of the original. The thought came to today as I lazed in the cockpit of my considerably smaller vessel in Turkey, what sort of people would be attracted to such a journey? Can it be a fun thing to do considering that 1,502 people perished in the icy waters of the Atlantic on the first trip? Or is there some sort of closure if the Titanic eventually sails past the Statue of Liberty in New York?
There is obviously a few books in the making here if any aspiring author wants to consider this as inspiration (Denise?). The media coverage will be immense should all the plans come to fruition.
Maybe one or two of the prospective 40,000 will chance by this blog and throw their hat into the ring. I’d appreciate your input!