Skip to comments.An Australian Billionaire Is Building A Nearly Exact Replica Of The Titanic
Posted on 02/27/2013 8:41:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Last year, rumors popped up that Australian billionaire Clive Palmer was working on cloning a dinosaur.
Whatever happens to those plans, it's clear that Palmer has a taste for recreating the past.
The 58-year-old, who made his fortune from natural resources like coal and iron, is now bringing the world's most famous ship back to life.
In New York on Tuesday, he unveiled images of Titanic II, a replica of the ocean liner that sunk on its maiden voyage in 1912, claiming 1,502 lives.
To offer 21st century cruise-goers the chance to sail on the Titanic, Palmer created the company Blue Star Line last year. The ship is being designed by Finnish company Deltamarin, and will be built by Chinese state-owned CSC Jinling Shipyard, Reuters reported.
While the new Titanic will have air conditioning and modern safety equipment (and enough lifeboats for all its 2,435 passengers and 900 crew), it will be made to look just like the original. Passengers will even be divided into three classes, and will be kept from mingling with those outside their station.
Construction should begin next year, and Palmer hopes to have the ship cruising by 2016. He has not specified how much the project will cost, but says the funds are coming from his own pocket, and that he'll spend what it takes to get the Titanic back on the ocean.
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one does suppose he will arrange to sink it in the same spot!
Passengers will even be divided into three classes, and will be kept from mingling with those outside their station.
Who in the world would pay to be abused like that?
I guess it depends on how much they're paying. Plus, it looked like Jack and Rose were having fun in steerage. They had a keg!
Why is a Finnish firm designing the “Titanic?” Wasn’t it designed once, already?
Maybe it’s just me, but I saw that picture of graceful curved stairs, and immediately imagined gang banger guys walking down it with their pants hanging low and flat-brimmed Chicago Bulls baseball cap on at an angle.
Silly you...Anyone who flies on an airplane...first class/business class/coach..
Thank you Captain Obvious.
Oops, that last pic of the tipped over Costa Concordia doesn’t bode well.
Does the new Titanic come complete with a huge gash in the side?
It does seem kind of silly to have steerage class on a luxury liner today though. People don't book cruises because they have to be somewhere. A hundred years ago, many travelers were looking for the cheapest one-way ticket to America they could find. They weren't taking a vacation.
Another article I read says there will be no television or internet and guests will be required to wear period-era clothing (which will be provided for them). I don't see this endeavor making much of a profit.
Guess the Lee Key Shipyards was outbid.
Imagine how much good he could do with his money.
Sounds like a prelude to a James Bond jewelry heist.
I’ve been on a few cruises theses last few years...as I’m retired, I can go at the last minute, and you can get some incredible values..as much as 70% off the price...because an empty cabin is worthless to the cruise line..also, we always take cheapest, inboard cabins..all you do there are the 3 s’ ( sleep, shower, and s**t)..otherwise you’re all over the ship..)..it’s an incredible value..
U.S. airline passengers.
Employing people is good.
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