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I guess I never really appreciated the enormity of the ship.

RMS Queen Mary, the one I sailed on, was actually larger.

One of the things that struck me as odd about Cameron's movie was that he built a huge set of one side of the ship, full length, but at 90% scale. So it was actually quite a bit smaller than the QM, which stood in for Titanic in A NIGHT TO REMEMBER.

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Not pleased at all - it turns out A NIGHT TO REMEMBER aired on TV recently, but I only found out about it after the fact.

I usually check the TV listings when I buy the paper at 7am, but on the one day that film was on, I didn't check it.

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JB:  "RMS Queen Mary, the one I sailed on, was actually larger.

One of the things that struck me as odd about Cameron's movie was that he built a huge set of one side of the ship, full length, but at 90% scale. So it was actually quite a bit smaller than the QM, which stood in for Titanic in A NIGHT TO REMEMBER."

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I really have to visit the Queen Mary, which is permanently moored in Long Beach, CA.  I've always wanted to visit, but am now feeling more motivated after watching such a detailed look at boats of this vintage. 

It's a hotel/museum restaurant now!  I've seen it from the shore and it is damn big.  You're lucky to have sailed her, JB!





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Robbie P:  "Not pleased at all - it turns out A NIGHT TO REMEMBER aired on TV recently, but I only found out about it after the fact."

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I'm in the same, er, .... boat.  I caught it in the middle and only then realized I missed it.  But that reminded me to flip over to Nat Geo and see if they were airing the Cameron doc, which I had missed when it originally premiered.

I bet NIGHT TO REMEMBER is easy to find in libraries and video services.  I plan on tracking it down.


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I really have to visit the Queen Mary, which is permanently moored in Long Beach, CA. I've always wanted to visit, but am now feeling more motivated after watching such a detailed look at boats of this vintage.

It's a hotel/museum restaurant now! I've seen it from the shore and it is damn big. You're lucky to have sailed her, JB!

I visited the hotel twice. The first time I went aboard and wandered around. The second time, they'd added security, and no one was allowed aboard unless they were a registered guest, or about to be one (or visiting one).

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How weird is this:

NAZI TITANIC

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The intro music sounds like a Godzilla flick.
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I recently saw A NIGHT TO REMEMBER on Blu-ray. Still a truly wonderful film, that manages to portray the tragedy of the ship without resorting to cheap sentimentality.

The same cannot be said of Cameron's film, which for all its spectacle is unbearable. That "King of the world" sequence is an absolute low and distasteful on so many levels.
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National socialistic Titanic. The first idea I can get sort of in its sickness, that is what a socialist wold do, finding the worst in capitalism, shares and shareholders and stuff, that's not too bad. Then comes the moment when  ship is sailing at record pace and the sahares are plummeting at record pace. How can they come up with that. I have not watched further than that moment, but I'm sure the movie is downhill from now on.
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Arthur C Clarke wrote a great Titanic novel called GHOST OF THE GRAND BANKS

Really good read.



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Clarke brought a tear to my eye with the scene in one of his novels -- I'm pretty sure it was IMPERIAL EARTH -- in which the Titanic completes its voyage to New York, having been raised and ensheathed in a nitrogen filled balloon so it could dry out without rusting. He was still working from the aforementioned assumption that the ship went down in one piece, and was lying more or less whole and undamaged on the bottom, preserved by the pressure and the cold.
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An Australian billionaire has signed an MOU with a Chinese shipyard to build the Titanic II, a replica of the original with some modern features:

http://www.komonews.com/news/national/Australian-billionaire -Titanic-II-to-sail-in-2016-149498355.html



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I was reading the Titanic issue of National Geographic at lunch today, and I cannot stop looking at the pictures of the wreck.

I didn't know that the sinking was so violent - I knew it broke in two above surface, but I always assumed the float down to the bottom was more gradual.  The journey under water was a rapid race to the bottom.  Just terrible.


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