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Australian billionaire sets sights for Titanic II launch in 2016

If you’ve ever dreamed of what it would be like to be “King of the World,” then you may get your chance come summer 2016.

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer finally released blueprints and designs for the replica of the R.M.S. Titanic, i.e. Titanic II, at a press conference at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City on Tuesday. Palmer will be working with a Chinese shipbuilder at CSC Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing to construct it.

This new ship will be a whole three inches longer than the original. But that’s not all – it will have enough life boats for 2,700 people and additional life rafts for 800 more people for the capacity of 2,435 passenger and 900 crew members. So, when if it does hit an iceberg or another natural disaster occurs, then everyone will have the opportunity to abandon ship and float safely away.

“Just like in 1912 there will be three classes of passenger and those with different tickets will not be able to move between the classes, though there will be more toilets for the lower decks than the original,” Palmer said according to NPR. “Everyone on board will however be provided with early-20th-century-style clothes and undergarments in their cabins to get them in the mood. Whilst there will be air conditioning there will be no TVs and no Internet in a bid to get back to the ‘romance’ of a bygone age.”

Moving back in time to where inequality was the standard isn’t really a step in the right direction. Palmer didn’t mention whether or not the lifeboats would board by class if something disastrous was to occur.

Palmer said that while he tweaking the original design, like making the hull of steel composite instead of wood, he refused to say it is “unsinkable.”

“I think you’d be very cavalier to say something like that,” he said, according to ABC News. “I think people in the past have done that and lived to regret it.”

Neither the construction costs nor the ticket costs have been released to the public. Palmer did say some 40,000 people have expressed interest in riding on the maiden voyage, which will follow in its predecessor’s (planned) course from Southampton, England to New York City.

Well, since global warming is a serious problem, the odds of Titanic II hitting an iceberg in the Mid-Atlantic are far less likely than in 1912. Nevertheless, to many, this just sounds a like disaster waiting to happen.

 

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