This is a survey to gauge the popularity of the following subject: the White Star Line’s RMS Republic 1903-1909. There is a manufacturer out there who might be interested in producing this subject. How many TRMA members would be interested in a 1:600 Resin Model Kit of this liner, which sank after a collision with the Lloyd-Italiano vessel Florida in 1909? For those who don’t know the story, here is a brief re-cap:
"Republic was on the return leg of a journey from Genoa on 22 January. On the following day, in thick fog, she was rammed by the inbound Florida. A huge hole was torn in Republic's side just aft of her funnel and 30ft of Florida's bow was crushed like a concertina. Aboard Republic three people died as a direct result of the collision. ...wireless operator Jack Binns managed to summon Baltic to the ship's assistance. She arrived about 12 hours after the collision and in a four-hour operation took aboard all of Republic's (and Florida's) passengers. Shortly after 2030 on 24 January Republic disappeared beneath the waves. With the loss of the Republic, White Star Line possessed the unfortunate record of owning the largest ship to have foundered at sea. That record would stand for just 3 years before the same company rewrote it." (Excerpt from White Star Line In Picture Postcards - Robert McDougall and Robin Gardiner, 2003, Ian Allen Publishing, ISBN 0 7110 2986 5.)
Republic's watertight subdivisions were a precursor to the Olympic class. And because the system of 12 watertight compartments had performed so admirably (keeping the mortally wounded liner afloat for about 36 hours after the collision), it was naturally concluded that the improved subdivisions in the Olympic class would make them 'practically unsinkable'.
Republic was also the first ship to have radioed a distress call - CQD.
There is a possibility that a kit could be produced in the near future. However, pricing at this stage is not known. But at 1:600, the cost should not be beyond the reach of many of us who spend a considerable amount on the current resin offerings as well as aftermarket accessories. For the moment, that’s all the information I have to share.
Please limit all feedback to this subject only. There might be a survey for other subjects soon…
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