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Australian billionaire constructing life-sized replica of the Titanic

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A wealthy Australian businessman has announced plans to build a cruise ship modeled after the infamous Titanic, but with modern upgrades
A wealthy Australian businessman has announced plans to build a cruise ship modeled after the infamous Titanic, but with modern upgrades
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A wealthy Australian businessman has announced plans to build a cruise ship modeled after the infamous Titanic, but with modern upgrades
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A wealthy Australian businessman has announced plans to build a cruise ship modeled after the infamous Titanic, but with modern upgrades

It's been just over 100 years since the notorious RMS Titanic met its fate with an iceberg on its maiden voyage, sending it to the bottom of the Atlantic along with over 1,500 passengers. Since then, the doomed passenger liner has become almost a legend, thanks in no small part to James Cameron's blockbuster movie about the disaster. Next to the film though, the Titanic may soon be getting literally its biggest tribute yet (bigger than the world's largest Titanic museum). Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, recently announced plans to construct a life-sized, seaworthy replica of the ship - with some modern upgrades to keep it from sinking of course.

This isn't the first time someone has attempted to rebuild the infamous ship, but these previous plans were unable to raise enough money or secure a shipyard for such a grand undertaking. Palmer on the other hand already has both. As the fifth richest person in Australia, he has over AUD$5 billion in personal wealth from his successful real estate and coal mining businesses to contribute to the project. That along with a fresh agreement with the CSC Jinling Shipyard in China to construct what is being called "Titanic II" along with three other ships ensures that tourists could start booking a trip on the new ship in just a few years.

Luckily, the Titanic II will mostly resemble its predecessor in look only and avoid the structural problems that led to the first ship's rapid sinking. The design will use modern welding and materials in place of the rivets and faulty steel that are often credited with making the ship vulnerable to a collision. The newer design also incorporates larger rudder and bow thrusters to better maneuver around obstacles and a rounder bow for more fuel efficiency. The insides of the ship will be entirely of the 21st century, with a diesel-fueled engine and modern navigation and safety equipment. The ship will still bear its recognizable four smoke stacks, but these will only be for decoration.

When fully built, the Titanic II will be 270 meters (886 feet) long and capable of holding 1,680 passengers. By modern standards, this is actually fairly small for a cruise ship, especially when compared to newer passenger liners like the behemoth Oasis of the Seas, which measures 360 meters (1,180 feet) long and can hold 5,400 guests.

The Titanic II is set to make the same maiden voyage as the original, traveling from England to New York, by late 2016. And just to state the obvious: let's hope history doesn't repeat itself.

Source: Washington Post

26 comments
Edgar Castelo
Doesn't this show lack of respect for Titanic's arrogant stupidity and avarice's victims?
L1ma
At least it will create jobs, such a shame he did not want to build it in the original shipyard.
Slowburn
Actually the rivets had nothing to do with the sinking. A combination of bad steel in the hull and frame, an undersized rudder, and the command crew not trained in Titanic specific emergence evasion maneuvers sank the Titanic. Fixing just one would have prevented the tragedy.
L1ma
Re; Slowburn
The Lucitania, the Titanics sister ship sailed on until 1915 with the same defects. Perhaps not hitting an Iceburg helped.
L1ma
Re; Edgar Castelo
Any vessel made after the Great Eastern would have sunk, which is the only known civillian ship of that era - or perhaps this, which would have survived (Double hulls). The entire passenger ship industry was as culpable as the White Star Line. It is just that the White Star line happened to have the shipwreck which killed the most rich and famous of all time on the ships Maiden Voyage.
Forward Thinker
Re; Slowburn and L1ma
One theory I heard regarding the rivets was that the last few watertight compartments that were breached did so because the ends of the rivets holding the metal plates together were just sheared off as they were ground against the iceberg. Unlike the first few compartments where the metal was torn apart, the last few simply ripped open at the seams. Had somebody gone down there and shoved an improvised plug into the burst seams and concentrated all pumps on those compartments, the ship would have been able to stay afloat long enough for rescue to arrive.
I've also heard that if the ship were to just have directly rammed the iceberg it also would have kept floating much longer
Jonathan Jenkins
The Titanic's sister ships were Olympic and Britannic. The Lusitania was the sister ship of the Mauretania.
BigGoofyGuy
I can understand using modern technology to keep it safe. Will the interior be similar to the original Titanic? Would any part of the interior be similar to the original? It would be neat if at least some part of the interior was at least inspired by the original.
RaVOLT
Sick I think. RIP Isn't Mr Palmer the Queensland right wing tycoon saying that the USA government controls the Australian Green Party? Flash-in-the-pan political hopeful I'd suggest.
Yani Haigh
It's Clive's BS project as he tries to gain publicity in Australia before he runs in Wane Swan's seat (current Australian treasurer). The only thing titanic that Clive has managed is the size of his own behind which if it were fracked would power Queensland for years!