METAIRIE, La. – Drivers traveling the Causeway have reported seeing all sorts of sights in the waters of Lake Pontchartrain along the bridge over the years, but the Titanic?
Yes, officials confirm that it was a replica of the ill-fated passenger liner moving through the Lake this morning, causing quite a stir, and some traffic delays.
Causeway general manager Carlton Dufrechou confirmed that the Titanic replica was spotted by Causeway Police and the Coast Guard, just after 8 a.m.
Dufrechou said the craft was approximately 15 feet long, and a man was traveling inside – presumably the owner, with a creative and historic flair.
“It induced one heck of a traffic backup this morning,” Dufrechou said. “I’d like to meet the gentleman behind it, but I would also ask him to take it out on the water sometime other than rush hour.”
Dufrechou said it appeared to be moving from the east side of the Lake to the west side, and had since left the water.
Mark Koch, 52, of Metairie, is the owner of the Titanic replica. Koch said the vessel is 23 feet length, 5 feet wide, 9 feet tall and weighs nearly 2000 pounds. Koch said the ship was built in the 1980s. He purchased it on Ebay for $9,000.
See more about the mini Titanic on the Eyewitness News this evening.