||09-12-2009 02:41 AM
I certainly would love to see someone construct a near identical sister vessel for the following ships as possible traveling hotel ships, like the QE2:
SS France(1962): Near identical exterior profile, but a very different interior set up. For instance, unlike the SS France III, the MS France IV could have elegant interiors that could have the Art Deco decour of the 1960's, which could rival the SS Normandie. The ship would be an all First Class highend luxury vessel, with the crew/officers cabins being Tourist Class. The ship's engines could be diesel powered, like the QE2, as well as having both the forward and after engine rooms powering all 4 screws when sailing long range. In addition, the ship's superstructure would be entirely steel construction instead of Alluminum.
I would love to see such a vessel become a reality someday. Especially if the ship's decorations could have a lot of nice wooden panels and appointments to make it feel like a real oceanliner that could rival the SS Normandie. Although not SOLAS complient, the real action is that the ship would service as a floating hotel and museum that would have all of the surviving original French Line works of art from the SS France(1962) and SS France(1912), such as painting.
Does anyone else have a dream to see a near identical twin of their favorite ship get built?
How about an enlarged version of the Grace Line SS Santa Rosa with twin funnels, and a length of 930 feet? Could you imagine a Grace Line vessel with two large Green painted funnels sailing through the Mississippi River? I could.