While it will have all of the newest technological gadgets and safety systems, and other modern features, it will still be a replica of the RMS Titanic. So says the Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, about the luxury liner he plans to build.
On this the centenary of the sinking of the first Titanic, some two plus weeks from the exact day the ship went down 100 years ago on April 15, 1912, Palmer announced plans to build the Titanic II in China. He will be as true as possible to the original and expects the ship to be ready for her inaugural voyage in 4 years.
The Sydney Morning Herald said that on the same day he announced plans to build the Titanic II he also announced his intention to run for a federal seat in Australia's parliament. The 58-year-old Palmer, listed as his country's fifth richest person with $5.2 billion, will run for the country's conservative party in Queensland.
The Titanic II: to sail in 2016
Palmer's newly formed company, Blue Star Line Ltd. - the RMS Titanic was built and owned by White Star Line - has already commissioned CSC Jinling Shipyard of China to build the replica Titanic. He did not reveal how much it would cost but it will naturally be far more than the $7,500,000 the original Titanic cost .
"It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems," Mr. Palmer said. Palmer also said that he's invited the Chinese navy to escort Titanic II on her maiden voyage from England to New York in 2016.
Titanic II design: attention to detail
An historical research team helped to design the 840 room, 9 deck Titanic II. Other differences from the original, besides the state of the art technology and safety features, are that under the water line there will be welding rather than riveting, a more fuel efficient bow, a diesel generator and thrusters that will allow for greater maneuverability.
Palmer said his Titanic will be unsinkable, which is exactly what the White Star Line said about their Titanic. No word as yet on when you can order your tickets for that inaugural sailing of the Titanic II.