Titanic II: Billionaires Clive Palmer Will Rebuild 'Unsinkable' Ship, Set To Sail In 2016 [REPORT]
If you had one billion dollars, what would you do with it? If you're anything like Clive Palmer, the Australian Billionaire that made his money in real estate and coal, you'd elect to rebuild the most iconic ship of the modern era -- the Titanic -- and model it exactly after the one that sank to the bottom of the ocean.
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The Titanic II was unveiled in blueprints that were shown at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. Clive Palmer, the billionaire funding the project, said that he will start constructing the ship in China soon. Mystery and awe surround the development of the ship, especially since it will carry the name of the ship involved in one of the most famous aquamarine disasters of all time.
The Titanic II is set to sail in 2016. It will be modeled off of the styles of 1912 as an homage to the famous ship that now lays at the bottom of the ocean. "The area [for] passengers will be authentic, with the same design and facilities. But there will be modern things such as air conditioning and other features we are debating - such as Internet on the ship," Palmer said at a press conference.
The Titanic II will be able to support 3,500 people on the ship. Of the 3,500 people on the ship, 900 will be crew members and 2,600 will be passengers. There will be three passenger classes, according to reports, which will make the cruise ship similar to others already traversing the globe's international waters. Clive Palmer gloats about the fact that the original ship had three classes, and he mentions that anyone in first class will be separated from the second and third classes of people.
The Titanic II will imitate more than just the looks of the original Titanic. The ship is set to sail the original path of the Titanic, from Southampton, England to New York. When asked about the possibility of the ship sinking, Clive Palmer has been very off-the-cuff with reports. "Anything will sink if you put a hole in it," he told reporters.
Clive Palmer announced the project on April 30, 2012 after signing a document with the Chinese shipyard CSC Jinling. In June of 2012, the Finish naval architecture firm Deltamarin announced it had been commissioned to design the ship. In October 2012, Blue Star Lines announced that Titanic expert Steve Hall was appointed as a design consultant and historian for the project. Those investing in the Titanic II are adamant about staying true to the original design of the ship. The blueprint mimics several features that were in the original Titanic.
The Titanic II criticisms are already coming in droves from scientists and aquamarine experts. The Titanic II will be the first major passenger vessel constructed by a Chinese shipyard, which are typically known for building cargo ships rather than passenger vessels. Still, Clive Palmer and his companies are insistent that the new ship will be safe and provide plenty of entertainment for anyone that decides to board the vessel.
"Titanic II has captured the world's imagination since Professor Palmer announced that his shipping company, Blue Star Line, would recreate the famous ship in honour of the 100 year anniversary of the launch and untimely fate of The Titanic. While every bit as luxurious as her namesake, Titanic II will have every modern amenity along with 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems."
What do you think? Would you be willing to board the Titanic II as a passenger?
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