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Billionaire Has Plans to Build Titanic Replica
AP via Yahoo! ^ | 2/26/2013 | EILEEN AJ CONNELLY

Posted on 02/26/2013 4:04:34 PM PST by Pan_Yan

NEW YORK (AP) — What could possibly go wrong? An Australian billionaire is getting ready to build a new version of the Titanic that could set sail in late 2016. Clive Palmer unveiled blueprints for the famously doomed ship's namesake Tuesday at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. He said construction is scheduled to start soon in China.

Palmer said 40,000 people have expressed interest in tickets for the maiden voyage, taking the original course from Southampton, England, to New York. He said people are inspired by his quest to replicate one of the most famous vessels in history.

"We all live on this planet, we all breathe the same air and, of course, the Titanic is about the things we've got in common," he said. "It links three continents."

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TOPICS: History; Travel
KEYWORDS: australia; billionaires; china; clivepalmer; maritime; shipwreck; titanic
Might not want to follow the exact course of the original.
1 posted on 02/26/2013 4:04:41 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Clive, make sure none of your workers brags that it is unsinkable and then carves the words, “Not even God can sink this ship” on the hull. Just saying....


2 posted on 02/26/2013 4:08:37 PM PST by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Pan_Yan
In what some may consider a temptation of fate for a remake of a notoriously "unsinkable" ship that sank, a representative of the Finnish designer of the Titanic II said it will be the "safest cruise ship in the world."

Er, the builders may want to try a little humility this time around.

3 posted on 02/26/2013 4:11:05 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Pan_Yan

Built in China....RIGHT! I’m not getting in her!


4 posted on 02/26/2013 4:11:18 PM PST by WellyP (question!)
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To: cld51860

Titanic in 5 Seconds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuSdU8tbcHY


5 posted on 02/26/2013 4:11:28 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Pan_Yan
Nor the exact original design.
6 posted on 02/26/2013 4:11:56 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Pan_Yan
The photo is believed to be the last photo ever taken of the RMS Titanic before it sank in April 1912.

 photo Titanic.jpeg

7 posted on 02/26/2013 4:17:31 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Pan_Yan

will he use rivets and brittle steel plating like the original? or will cheap chinese steel be a equivalent substitute?


8 posted on 02/26/2013 4:26:33 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Looks like this guy is striving to be a millionaire.


9 posted on 02/26/2013 4:30:20 PM PST by freedomlover
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To: colorado tanker

It was actually a very well-designed ship. It took longer to sink than the chief engineer thought, and it didn’t capsize unlike basically every other vessel ever sunk.


10 posted on 02/26/2013 4:33:23 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Pan_Yan

They might want to have enough life boats for everyone. It could be a very beautiful ship, yet I think keeping it in dry dock as a ocean-side hotel might be a better move then sailing it.


11 posted on 02/26/2013 4:33:57 PM PST by This I Wonder32460
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To: re_nortex

Ping of interest to us!


12 posted on 02/26/2013 4:34:47 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Pan_Yan
The investor made his money in minerals and natural resources.

Cruise ships, transportation, real estate, and branding are something else entirely.

He's starting with a tragic brand...and it's like buying a hole in the ground and trying to dig your way out.

Perhaps he should start with something smaller...like a Hindenburg.

13 posted on 02/26/2013 4:37:40 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: This I Wonder32460

Great idea!


14 posted on 02/26/2013 4:38:36 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: Pan_Yan

> Might not want to follow the exact course of the original.

I hope Soros is on the manifesto if they do...: )


15 posted on 02/26/2013 4:38:45 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: skeeter

Humility and properly selected, tested and welded steel.


16 posted on 02/26/2013 4:39:02 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: WellyP
Built in China....RIGHT! I’m not getting in her!

Won't the shipbuilders of England be so proud when a Chinese knockoff of one of their most famous designs pulls up to the pier? Kind of like when they let the Queen Elizabeth get sold to a Chinese businessman who torched it for the insurance money and left it to rot in Hong Kong harbor?

17 posted on 02/26/2013 4:39:59 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: gorush

Such a forlorn picture, given her fate.


18 posted on 02/26/2013 4:46:18 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn
Indeed...and here's another...

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And another...

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And maybe another if you're a Csar Nicholas fan...

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19 posted on 02/26/2013 4:51:35 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: This I Wonder32460

Now wait one minute, ya gotta cut costs somewhere.


20 posted on 02/26/2013 5:01:50 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Pan_Yan

And he might not want to make it exactly like the original.


21 posted on 02/26/2013 5:05:14 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: Pan_Yan
In 15 years this kid will be graduating from Harvard Medical School.

Why not? Barry and Moochelle are SURE to be aboard on the maiden voyage...

22 posted on 02/26/2013 5:05:45 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: gorush

I had never seen that picture of Monroe and JFK before.


23 posted on 02/26/2013 5:07:43 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: bigheadfred; Pan_Yan
Oops.

Didn't get the right paste there.

Might not want to follow the exact course of the original.

Why not? Barry and Moochelle are SURE to be aboard on the maiden voyage...

24 posted on 02/26/2013 5:16:25 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: WellyP
Built in China....

Yep, this is the tragic fatal flaw in an otherwise laudatory enterprise. If it ends up like one of those Chinese bridges or skyscrapers, then they better have plenty of lifeboats this time around.

26 posted on 02/26/2013 5:35:40 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Tzar

Having the obamas aboard knowing you are going to sink would be sh!++y enough.


27 posted on 02/26/2013 6:01:53 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

That is what I was thinking. Since the Obamas like to appear everywhere including the Oscars, I’m hoping they appear on her first maiden voyage. Just maybe her rear end could be used as floatation device. =)


28 posted on 02/26/2013 6:04:06 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: driftdiver
Humility and properly selected, tested and welded steel.

In China.

Hmmm ....

Hyundai Heavy Industries? Sure.

Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co? Sure.

China?

Not so much.

29 posted on 02/26/2013 6:10:14 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Patriot Babe
her rear end could be used as floatation device

I'd die before I'd let her a.. save me.

30 posted on 02/26/2013 6:14:51 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Pan_Yan

“He said construction is scheduled to start soon in China. “

Even the most ardent Communist China supporter knows that you wont need an iceberg to sink this Titanic


31 posted on 02/26/2013 6:21:29 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Pan_Yan

Stay out the icebergs. :-)


32 posted on 02/26/2013 6:42:49 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Building it in Chingchang?! Never get ME on it. Judging by the level of toxic stuff in everything else that comes out of chingchang, that ship will contain so much toxic material, a five-night cruise could be enough to ruin one’s lungs, liver and kidneys. No thanks. I’ll stick with Royal Caribbean.


33 posted on 02/26/2013 6:53:29 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: bigheadfred
Why not? Barry and Moochelle are SURE to be aboard on the maiden voyage...

Only after they make sure everyone who wasn't a major campaign donor is locked in steerage.

34 posted on 02/26/2013 6:54:51 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

I guess we’re safe then.

I did donate to a major campaign. It just wasn’t they ares.


35 posted on 02/26/2013 7:02:20 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Pan_Yan

“Billionaire Has Plans to Build Titanic Replica”

Evil billionaire has plans to build iceberg replica...


36 posted on 02/26/2013 9:04:31 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: Georgia Girl 2

He should build a fiberglass iceberg that can follow it around, or at least make a close pass-by on every voyage.


37 posted on 02/27/2013 5:17:47 AM PST by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Don’t tempt fate.


38 posted on 02/27/2013 5:57:43 AM PST by meridenite
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To: the OlLine Rebel
"It was actually a very well-designed ship."

It was indeed. The real upshot is that to take that 25,000 ton vessel and slam it against an iceberg of almost infinitly larger mass at a land speed of about 25 miles per hour is always pretty much a bad idea.

Always felt bad for Captain Smith. He was below in his cabin asleep when the first officer, Murdoch bounced the ship off of the berg.

39 posted on 02/27/2013 8:58:44 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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