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The Titanic: recreated
Depicted in James Cameron's epic three hour film, the HMS Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg, has always held a fascinating if not macabre place in the imaginations of the British and American public. Famed for its opulent interiors and regarded as the epitomy of class segregation in the early 20th century, the ill-fated freighter has now been recreated in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Costing £16 million and taking over a year to construct, the replica represents the front bow of the famous ship, standing at 100 feet tall and composed of three decks. Alongside the ship stands a scaled model of the iceberg that the ship failed to avoid and which cost the lives of passengers and crew alike, when the ship finally went down.
Housing a mini-Titanic museum composed of over 400 recovered artifacts from the wreck, including the life-jacket of Madeline Astor, the American millionaire heiress who survived the disaster, the ship's many cabins, suites and chambers mirror those of the original ship. Actors, dressed in uniforms, play the parts of attendants and passengers whilst providing information and accounts about the actual event. Interactive features involve angled decks simulating those levels the ship slipped to whilst sinking, and water kept at 2 degrees celsius - the temperature of the water that many passengers found themselves in - for visitors to experience.www.titanicpigeonforge.com