Titanic II ready to set sail
Flamboyant Australian tycoon Clive Palmer unveiled his plan for building a perfect replica of the Titanic -- plus a lot of extra lifeboats.
The Titanic II was built in a Chinese shipyard. The original Titanic, a symbol of monumental destruction, was built in the docks of Belfast.
The new vessel will look almost exactly like the first, doomed ship.
"Titanic II is an opportunity for people all over the glove to come together with an idea. That idea of course is one of love and understanding. It emphasises the things that we have got in common, rather than our differences. A family, you know, someone to fall in love with in our lives as we travel together through time," he was quoted as saying in The Guardian.
Inside much of the original ship – from the Turkish baths to a grand staircase – has been replicated, even while other new features have been added. Titanic II will boast highly advanced satellite navigation – just like any other modern cruise ship and will– unlike the original – have a large enough fleet of lifeboats to more than cover its projected 900 crew and 2,435 passengers.
Palmer has ignores the complaints of of recreating an "unsinkable" ship best known for a catastrophe that cost 1,502 people their lives.
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