Athinai

Athinai

  • Because the banks and courts were holding the Athinai due to the previous owner’s neglect, the old ocean liner, President Cleveland, was originally thought of to double as the Titanic but the production crew couldn’t figure out how to pull her out of the Hong Kong Harbor and out onto the open sea to get the open expanse shots that they needed.  At the last minute they decided to go to the Greek courts and win custody of the Athinai for their shots instead. (Added 5-29-2002)
  • The film company spent $250,000 turning the liner Athinai into the raised Titanic.
  • Filming on the Athinai lasted four-days. (Added 5-29-2002)
  • The Athinai was filmed at pier 12 in Faliron. The ship was the film companies second choice with the R.M.S Queen Mary being the first at $1,000,000.  Thanks goes to John Smith.  (Added 8-29-2002)
  • The film company paid $2,000 an hour for the hire of 4 tugs to move the Athinai.  Thanks goes to John Smith.  (Added 8-29-2002)
  • The harbor master was told (during filming) to expect the Titanic. He was shocked to see a rusty old liner (Athinai) being filmed alongside new vessels.  Thanks goes to John Smith.  (Added 8-29-2002)
  • The RTT grand staircase was filmed in the Athinai‘s dinning saloon.  Thanks goes to John Smith.  (Added 8-29-2002)
  • A model of the grand staircase was suspended in front of the camera rather than a matte painting.  Thanks goes to Robert Gibbons.  (Added 8-29-2002)
  • The shot of the Titanic docked in New York Harbor was actually filmed in Greece.  The bow is the ship Athinai used for the live exterior/interior shots.  The rest is a matte painting.

Links

  • Ocean Liner and Cruise Ship Postcards-This site is devoted to the Grace Line fleet.  The Athinaiwas a part of this fleet when she was known as the Santa Rosa. (Added 1-19-2003)
  • The Forgotten Titanic-More information about the Athinai. (Added 1-19-2003)
  • Typaldos Lines-Another site with information from Typaldos line.  This fleet was what the Athinaiended up at after they purchased it from the Grace Line fleet.  Of course it was renamed after the purchase as you probably already figured out. (Added 1-19-2003)