Billionaire to Build Titanic II

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    Apr 30, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    http://news.discovery.com/human/titanic-billionaire-replica-120430.html

    One of Australia's richest men, Clive Palmer, on Monday unveiled plans to build a 21st century version of the doomed Titanic in China, with its first voyage from England to New York set for 2016.

    Palmer, a self-made mining billionaire, said he had commissioned state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to construct Titanic II with the same dimensions as its predecessor.


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    Palmer said the new ship would be a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original, which sank with the loss of 1,514 passengers and crew.

    Hope they put enough lifeboats on it this time around...
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    Apr 30, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
    I do not really believe in fate, but if ever there were a prime example of tempting it...
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    Apr 30, 2012 8:12 PM GMT
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    Apr 30, 2012 8:20 PM GMT
    Did he not see the bad Syfy movie?

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    Apr 30, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    Why can't he rebuild the Concorde instead? At least that would actually have some usefulness.
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    Apr 30, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    Talk about sunk costs ... icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 30, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    The condo where I work does not have 13th floor or 4th floor. Chinese are incredibly superstitious good luck selling tickets for Titanic II
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    Apr 30, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    iceberg dead ahead!
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    Apr 30, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    FTTL11 saidiceberg dead ahead!


    +1
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    Apr 30, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    someone has more money than sense.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 30, 2012 10:11 PM GMT
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    My thoughts exactly!
  • nomadfornow

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    Apr 30, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    Wow. Just mind-boggling.
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    Apr 30, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    MightyMouse87 saidhttp://news.discovery.com/human/titanic-billionaire-replica-120430.html

    One of Australia's richest men, Clive Palmer, on Monday unveiled plans to build a 21st century version of the doomed Titanic in China, with its first voyage from England to New York set for 2016.

    Palmer, a self-made mining billionaire, said he had commissioned state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to construct Titanic II with the same dimensions as its predecessor.


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    Palmer said the new ship would be a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original, which sank with the loss of 1,514 passengers and crew.

    Hope they put enough lifeboats on it this time around...



    According to the rules and regulations of the day, Titanic actually DID have enough lifeboats on board, in fact, she had 4 more than was required... It was the fact that the boats could hold up to 70 people, and almost all left the ship with no more than approximately 30 to 35, that there was so much loss of life...
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    Apr 30, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    I recently toured the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Berthed right behind it was one of those carnival cruiseliners. The difference in the classiness of the vessels couldnt have been demonstrated better.
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    Apr 30, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
    I wouldn't get on that ship if they paid me.
  • KissTheSky

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    Apr 30, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
    Welcome aboard the Titanic II...
    Celine Dionne will be performing every night in the lounge. (2 drink minimum.)
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    Apr 30, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidWelcome aboard the Titanic II...
    Celine Dionne will be performing every night in the lounge. (2 drink minimum.) icon_biggrin.gif


    LOL I was just gonna say I wonder if he'll get Celine to perform onboard - that'd be awesome icon_wink.gif
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    May 01, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
    TropicalMark saidsomeone has more money than sense.icon_rolleyes.gif


    He's an Australian mining billionaire. He's worked for it - this is the reward of entrepreneurship. icon_razz.gif

    My one wish is that, amidst all the modern technology being incorporated into it, they do equip it with its original design of propulsion. The marine steam engines in the Olympic class ships were BEASTS that I'd really love to see working with my own eyes!

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    May 01, 2012 12:09 AM GMT
    Tritimium said
    TropicalMark saidsomeone has more money than sense.icon_rolleyes.gif


    He's an Australian mining billionaire. He's worked for it - this is the reward of entrepreneurship. icon_razz.gif

    My one wish is that, amidst all the modern technology being incorporated into it, they do equip it with its original design of propulsion. The marine steam engines in the Olympic class ships were BEASTS that I'd really love to see working with my own eyes!



    icon_cry.gif Dream already shattered: "He said the design of the new Titanic would be as close to the original as possible but would have "state of the art engineering" and would run on diesel rather than coal power."

    Not interested now lol
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    May 01, 2012 12:10 AM GMT
    fitartistsf saidAccording to the rules and regulations of the day, Titanic actually DID have enough lifeboats on board, in fact, she had 4 more than was required... It was the fact that the boats could hold up to 70 people, and almost all left the ship with no more than approximately 30 to 35, that there was so much loss of life...


    That's only partially true. Even if they were packed with 70 people, there still would have been a huge loss of life.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic#Lifeboats
  • swall1963

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    May 01, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    Wow, if he waited until 2017 year for the maiden voyage, they could show a 20th anniversary edition of "Titanic" as the feature in the movie theater.
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    May 01, 2012 12:15 AM GMT
    Just goes to show that money can buy neither good sense nor taste. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 01, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
    seanp7 said
    fitartistsf saidAccording to the rules and regulations of the day, Titanic actually DID have enough lifeboats on board, in fact, she had 4 more than was required... It was the fact that the boats could hold up to 70 people, and almost all left the ship with no more than approximately 30 to 35, that there was so much loss of life...


    That's only partially true. Even if they were packed with 70 people, there still would have been a huge loss of life.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic#Lifeboats


    That's very true... I never said ALL the passengers would be saved... but they had the required amount of boats for the time... Titanic's sheer size in 1912, outstripped the size and requirements of the regulations written in the 1880s/90s, when it was believed that no ships would ever get to be as large as the Olympic Class vessels eventually did... and remember, with the new system of watertight compartments, not counting the PR hype about her being VIRTUALLY unsinkable, it was believed Titanic would be her own lifeboat...
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    May 01, 2012 12:27 AM GMT
    Caslon19000 saidI recently toured the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Berthed right behind it was one of those carnival cruiseliners. The difference in the classiness of the vessels couldnt have been demonstrated better.

    I agree, a lot of cruise ships these days have no class to them, the Cunard ships are the only real "ocean liners" left.