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An Australian Billionaire Is Building A Nearly Exact Replica Of The Titanic
Business Insider ^ | 02/27/2013 | Alex Davies

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: australia; billionaires; china; clivepalmer; maritime; shipwreck; titanic

1 posted on 02/27/2013 8:41:54 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

CLICK HERE FOR THE PHOTOS:

http://www.businessinsider.com/take-a-tour-of-clive-palmers-titanic-ii-2013-2?op=1


2 posted on 02/27/2013 8:43:15 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

one does suppose he will arrange to sink it in the same spot!


3 posted on 02/27/2013 8:48:05 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind
Brittle steel and all?

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?

4 posted on 02/27/2013 8:48:16 AM PST by DManA
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To: DManA
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!

5 posted on 02/27/2013 8:51:27 AM PST by Drew68
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To: SeekAndFind

Why is a Finnish firm designing the “Titanic?” Wasn’t it designed once, already?


6 posted on 02/27/2013 8:52:55 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: DManA
I would have no problem with that. Don't like it, don't go.
You don't sign a contract to change it.
7 posted on 02/27/2013 8:54:44 AM PST by MaxMax
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To: Drew68

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the doppelganger of the fated vessel is being built by an Aussie billionaire Clive Palmer in China and will take its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York in 2016.

The ship is supposedly going to look exactly the same, save a few safety upgrades, which means enough lifeboats for people who make under $50,000 a year.

Hmmm, an exact replica being built in a country known for its lax quality-control oversight ... what an unsinkable idea!
8 posted on 02/27/2013 8:54:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: DManA

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.


9 posted on 02/27/2013 8:55:39 AM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: DManA

Silly you...Anyone who flies on an airplane...first class/business class/coach..


10 posted on 02/27/2013 8:55:52 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: MaxMax
Don't like it, don't go.

Thank you Captain Obvious.

11 posted on 02/27/2013 8:57:44 AM PST by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind
Cruise ships are built far differently than ocean liners..and for good reason...i.e, you can't have private balconies on the North Atlantic...
12 posted on 02/27/2013 8:58:49 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


13 posted on 02/27/2013 9:04:23 AM PST by bgill
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To: ken5050
Silly you...Anyone who flies on an airplane...first class/business class/coach.

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.

14 posted on 02/27/2013 9:05:43 AM PST by Drew68
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To: SeekAndFind
The ship is being designed by Finnish company Deltamarin, and will be built by Chinese state-owned CSC Jinling Shipyard, Reuters reported.

Guess the Lee Key Shipyards was outbid.

15 posted on 02/27/2013 9:07:14 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Imagine how much good he could do with his money.


16 posted on 02/27/2013 9:07:34 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

Sounds like a prelude to a James Bond jewelry heist.


17 posted on 02/27/2013 9:09:34 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Drew68

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..


18 posted on 02/27/2013 9:10:15 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: DManA
Who in the world would pay to be abused like that?

U.S. airline passengers.

19 posted on 02/27/2013 9:14:36 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Imagine how much good he could do with his money.

Employing people is good.

20 posted on 02/27/2013 9:18:55 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

I saw him on the news this morning. He’s got a great attitude. He said “I’m rich and I want to spend my money before I die”.

His “wasteful” spending will employ a lot of people.


21 posted on 02/27/2013 9:25:58 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DManA

Ya.....I want a spot on the floor in steerage.


22 posted on 02/27/2013 9:26:18 AM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: SampleMan

It’s being built by a Chinese Co.. ‘nuff said


23 posted on 02/27/2013 9:27:36 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SampleMan

My vote for the post of the thread!


24 posted on 02/27/2013 9:30:16 AM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Why is a Finnish firm designing the “Titanic?” Wasn’t it designed once, already?


On paper only, if the drawings are still around.

Nothing in a format that can get fed into a computer...:^)

25 posted on 02/27/2013 9:32:28 AM PST by az_gila
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To: SeekAndFind

isn’t this like thte third rich nut doing this? last time i heard it was gonna be on south africa or somewhere...

on teh serious side, what could possibly go wrong?


26 posted on 02/27/2013 9:33:06 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: SeekAndFind

“An Australian Billionaire Is Building A Nearly Exact Replica Of The Titanic”

geez, I hope it’s not exactly like the original

i.e. more life boats!


27 posted on 02/27/2013 9:33:22 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: SeekAndFind

The modern enclosed lifeboats in open wells along the sides of the hull are a tad bit different than the clinker hull lifeboats carried on the original ship. Those are of course represented by props up on level of the original boat deck, which are too far above the waterline to meet current regulations.


28 posted on 02/27/2013 9:37:43 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe someone can construct an exact replia of the iceberg.......


29 posted on 02/27/2013 9:45:12 AM PST by njslim (St)
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To: Sacajaweau
It’s being built by a Chinese Co.. ‘nuff said

I'd rather pay a Chinese worker than a U.S. welfare queen.

30 posted on 02/27/2013 9:46:28 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: az_gila

If they’ve got an old photograph, why don’t they just feed it into a 3D printer? They will have a new Titanic in no time (as long as they don’t run out of ink). And, since the photos back then were just Black & White, they’ll only have to paint the ship to be ready! :)


31 posted on 02/27/2013 9:50:43 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Actually I’m kind of interesting to see how liberals react to this. The nazis made a propaganda film about the Titanic with the evil bankers being the cause of the sinking.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_%281943_film%29


32 posted on 02/27/2013 9:54:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wonder if the smoking room will still be all male, or even if they will allow smoking? God forbid anybody smoke a stogie in public.


33 posted on 02/27/2013 10:03:49 AM PST by Avogadros Number
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To: DManA
Who in the world would pay to be abused like that?

People do it millions of times a day on airlines; if you deem that abuse; and in hotels.

34 posted on 02/27/2013 10:41:38 AM PST by publius911 (Look for the Unin label, then buy something else.)
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To: PhiloBedo

Apparently just about everyone reading this would pay for a place on the floor in steerage.

To each his own.


35 posted on 02/27/2013 10:48:44 AM PST by DManA
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To: Sacajaweau
Imagine how much good he could do with his money.

Are you campaigning as an Obama adviser?

36 posted on 02/27/2013 10:52:16 AM PST by publius911 (Look for the Unin label, then buy something else.)
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To: publius911

Being charitable is never a bad thing. St. Jude’s Hospital is a fine example of the goodness of man.


37 posted on 02/27/2013 11:20:59 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

BFL


38 posted on 02/27/2013 11:25:14 AM PST by NELSON111
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To: az_gila
Nothing in a format that can get fed into a computer...:^)

Actually, they can.
Not directly, but the process has been available for decades, and it can be accomplished in one tenth the time and manpower as the originals and, simultaneously produce modern manufacturing computer input for fabrication.

I would hope the "near identical" refers only to visible appearance, inside and out; it does NOT mean inferior metals, inferior propulsion and lack of modern stability controls.
A double hull, ultra-strong modern steels, better compartmentalization and safety systems are presumed to be incorporated, as well as all modern navigation equipment.

39 posted on 02/27/2013 11:56:28 AM PST by publius911 (Look for the Unin label, then buy something else.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Being charitable is never a bad thing. St. Jude’s Hospital is a fine example of the goodness of man.

On a thread about a new Titanic?
Most of us did not make the leap of assuming that the proponent is NOT extremely charitable.

Why not go all the out and include the inane "...beyond a certain point you have made enough money..."

40 posted on 02/27/2013 12:07:33 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Unin label, then buy something else.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder what kind of power plant they will use. Steam Turbine? Reciprocating triple expansion steam, or modern diesels.


41 posted on 02/27/2013 12:29:08 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Cowboy Bob

If my memory is working, the original builders working plans were lost when the shipyard Harland & Wolff got bombed during WW-2. They have plenty of information but I think that while cosmetically the ship will look the same, the rest of the design will be very modern indeed. Hope so anyway.


42 posted on 02/27/2013 12:31:36 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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Passengers will even be divided into three classes, and will be kept from mingling with those outside their station.

43 posted on 03/15/2013 7:07:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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