A floating hotel based on the ill-fated Titanic liner has been criticised as being in "poor taste". The three-bed Titanic Liverpool hotel, moored in the city's Salthouse Dock, is due to open next week. It is painted with slanting lines on the sides to create the illusion that it is sinking into the water. Owner Alfie Bubbles, himself a former merchant seaman, said he has had an overwhelmingly positive response and never intended to cause offence.
But the hotel has attracted criticism from some people. More than 1,500 people died when the Titanic, which was registered in
Liverpool, hit an iceberg on 14 April 1912 and sank the following morning. Liverpool was the headquarters of the White Star Line, the shipping company
which owned Titanic. Chief executive of the Liverpool Seafarers' Centre John Wilson said the
hotel's location was one of his prime concerns.
"It is going to be located in view of the Merchant Navy memorial, in view of the
White Star building, and also the memorial by the Isle of Man Steam Packet
Company which was rededicated for the 100 year loss of the Titanic," he said. "Furthermore, there would still be living in the
Merseyside area and even in Liverpool, relatives of those who lost their lives.
To have an image of something that is purporting to be a vessel sinking, to
an active seafarer, if he or she were to see this it would just ring the wrong
bells for them."
He added: "There will be those who think it is wonderful and something
different, I appreciate that, but I just feel at the back of my mind it is in
poor taste for those who lost their lives." Liverpool businessman Mr Bubbles said: "You have got to get things in perspective, it is not in poor taste
at all, it is a bit of fun. It is just an optical illusion of the way it looks in the water." Mr Bubbles said he surveyed visitors to his neighbouring floating hotels and
"99.9% of them" agreed that a Titanic hotel would be a good idea. He said he already has many advance bookings.