Titanic II Could Actually Become a Reality
Some wise guy in Australia with too much money on his hands thinks it is a good idea to relaunch a replica of the world's most famous "unsinkable" ship, Titanic. This sounds like it might be a disaster of, well, Titanic proportions.
The full story: Aussie mining tycoon Clive Palmer has the desire to recreate, in perfect scale and to extreme detail, Titanic II. You see, he owns a shipping line called Blue Star Line and he's doing this entire stunt with the help of his own company. Even the plans to build the replica ship have commenced in Finland and a Chinese ship-building company has been secured. If all goes well, the ship will embark on its maiden voyage sometime in 2016 from Southhampton to New York, serving as the line's flagship vessel.
If you cannot tear yourself away from any of this lunacy, you might want to check out some of the events around the launch of the doomed ship's twin. While the official plans will be announced on February 26th in Australia, secondary events are planned for February 16 in Macau, February 25 in Boston, March 1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada as well as two launches in England on March 2 in London and March 5 in Southampton.
The mining magnate has said that he "wants to give the passengers an authentic Titanic experience." We can only hope the authenticity stops before any icebergs are sighted.
[Photo: Paul Harris for Sydney Morning Herald]