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Titanic II: Oceanic Boogaloo

May 3, 2013

TitanicAll aboard? Back in February, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer held a press conference to announce his plans to build a duplicate of the Titanic—arguably the most famous ocean-liner in history. The original Titanic, billed as “unsinkable,” hit an iceberg in 1912 and sank. Palmer is calling his ship, of course, Titanic II.

Think that might be a bad idea? Of course you do. And you’re not alone. While Palmer promises that Titanic II will have a stronger, more iceberg-proof hull (and way more lifeboats), critics say that the new ship makes a mockery of the hundreds of passengers who died on the original Titanic. Descendants of survivors of the disaster are even passing around a petition to block the construction of Titanic II.

Nevertheless, Palmer’s moving forward with his plans. He hopes to make Titanic II the flagship of his Blue Star Line shipping company. It will be built in China and is slated to set sail in 2016. When asked by the press why he’s going through with this, Palmer responded with a curt, “Because I can.”

So far, 40,000 people have applied for tickets. Offers of over $1 million have been placed on first-class cabins on the ship’s maiden voyage. Among those who may be on board: Helen Benziger, great-granddaughter of Margaret “The Unsinkable Molly” Brown. Benzinger hopes to stay in the replica of the cabin that her grandmother occupied on the original Titanic.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Ben Schumin
May 3, 2013 10:39 am

Let me go on record saying that, like many other plans hatched up to build a Titanic replica in the past, this one will never get built.

May 3, 2013 10:41 am
Reply to  Ben Schumin

You may very well be right. We will follow the story as it develops, or doesn’t…and let you know if it does, or doesn’t.

May 4, 2013 9:06 am

Uh-oh…Hopefully the souls of the people who died in the first Titanic prevent that ship from being finished.

larry d krueger
larry d krueger
May 10, 2013 5:16 am

My gut feeling immediately was that even when being built there would be many, many BAD things that would go wrong with that project. AS IN: UNEXPLAINABLE!!!! 🙁 Bad Karma here, Period 🙁 I DO agree with Kaumolainen.

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