Friday March 1st, 2013

Australian mining tycoon, Clive Palmer has unveiled his plans to build a replica Titanic that will successfully complete the ill fated crossing of the doomed ocean liner from Southampton to New York. The mining tycoon said that his dream project would be a tribute to those who built and backed the original.

He told the press conference, “We will complete the journey. We will sail into New York on the ship they designed.”

When asked if Titanic II would be unsinkable he replied, “Anything will sink if you put a hole in it... but there are not so many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days.”

The Ships main designer, Markku Kanerva added, “I can assure you, from the safety point of view, it will be absolutely the most safe cruise ship in the world when it is launched.”

The ship is scheduled to make its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in September 2016 and there have already been 40,000 applications for tickets. It will sail under the flag of Mr Palmer’s company ‘Blue Star Line’ a play on the original ship’s company ‘White Star Line’.

Titanic II is designed to virtually the exact specifications of the original, the main upgrades being air conditioning, a hospital and a helipad. According to Mr Palmer there will be no television or internet and passengers will have the option of wearing period clothing. Like its predecessor the ship will have three classes none of which will be permitted to intermingle. The swimming pool and gym are near identical to the 1912 versions and the interior design will be virtually identical.

One of the most important differences is the number of lifeboats. Whereas the Titanic only had 16 wooden lifeboats accommodation 1,178 passengers (roughly a third of the ship’s total capacity), Titanic II which has a capacity for 2,435 passengers and 900 crew, will have lifeboats capable of carrying 2,700 and life rafts for an addition 800.

As a post script when asked if he thought building a replica of the most famous doomed ship in history was tempting fate, Mr Palmer replied, 'I'm not too superstitious.'
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