An Australian billionaire has ordered a shipyard in China to build him an exact replica of Titanic, just weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking.
Not content with merely seeing James Cameron’s blockbuster movie in 3D, mining bigwig, Clive Palmer, has confirmed that the new Titanic II will mirror the dimensions of the original in nearly every way. The ambitious Aussie has confirmed that he wants the ship to be built by state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard.
There have been several mentions of rebuilding Titanic in the past, but either financial constraints or public outcries have scuppered the plans, deeming the rebuild as unnecessary, insensitive and selfish.
However, Palmer believes that Titanic II will serve as a tribute to the many men and women who lost their lives on that fateful night on 15th April 1912.
Asked if the ship could sink, Palmer told reporters: “Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it. It is going to be designed so it won’t sink. It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn’t happen.
“But of course if you are superstitious like you are, you never know what could happen.”
With the latest navigation and safety systems, Titanic II will sail in the northern hemisphere, with her maiden voyage from England to North America scheduled for late 2016.
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