i was the one who queried it, the closest "real ship" i found was a Great lakes WW1 built ship, but i could never get any confirmation as all leads disappeared into China and never quite joined up! i came to the conclusion the model is of the movie set, but could be made into a fairly reasonable model of a 1918 built ship by leaving off one of the decks and as such could have a bright dazzle scheme applied! or a reasonable representation of a WW2 convoy rescue ship with a lot of kit bashing! in other words a model to have fun with rather than one for the rivet counters!
The best single source I found on this ship: https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?146555
It turns out Taiping means, essentially, "peaceful," or to that effect. So, it ends up a popular name for a ship. Initially in my searches, I found a WWII ship which even resembled the kit ship some. Thought I had found "the" ship. But, then further info rather quickly indicated it was not the right ship. It was upon then digging more that I began to uncover "one Taiping after another." I was soon quickly able to identify which of several vessels was NOT the right ship, thus which websites had done "superficial" research when they plastered the wrong image on their site.
Finally came to the above-linked site. Far left (main) image, by Jan Lettens, is accurate. The proof is if you go look into the Lloyd's registers he's added as supporting docs. You can see he's done his homework properly, and identified the correct Taiping. The other included image in this link is one of about three which are commonly erroneously used. It is/was indeed named Taiping, but is one of many with that name, and if you trace its actual history, you will find no connection at all. (For one thing, it was still afloat and serving after the "The Crossing" vessel had sunk...)
Here's the Taiping I originally found: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Taiping_
Looks similar to the kit ship, and was my "first mistake." It was broken up in 1961... Uh... Not sunk in about 1947? "Problem"... But, many websites don't get that far. So, expect if you go looking to see claims that this is "the ship." (And, for all I know, it may be what the movie set designers decided to use!)
I presume you know/realize it is basically a model of "the movie set" ship, and not historically accurate?
Some years back, when this kit was newly released (as was the movie) another poster here got the kit, and asked questions here. Prompted me to delve into it. Found out quite a number of things, the primary one being that info on how the real ship looked is almost non-existent, so the set designers created "something," and that set design is what you have a kit of.
Picked this up at a hobby show last weekend. An AWEFULL lot of packaging. Thoughts, comments, opinions?