Australian billionaire unveils plans for Titanic replica

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NEW YORK, Feb 26: What could possibly go wrong? An Australian billionaire is getting ready to build a new version of the Titanic that could set sail in late 2016.
Clive Palmer unveiled blueprints for the famously doomed ship’s namesake at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. He said construction was scheduled to start soon in China.
Palmer, who built his fortune in real estate and coal, said 40,000 people had expressed interest in tickets for the voyage, taking the original course from Southampton, England, to New York. He said people were inspired by his quest to replicate one of the most famous vessels in history.
“Why build the Titanic? Why go to the moon? Why do the Yankees play the Red Sox? Why did Christopher Columbus discover the Americas? Because they could, and they can, and we can build the Titanic,” Palmer said.
The original Titanic was the world’s largest ocean liner when it hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank on April 15, 1912. Only 700 people of the over 2,200 on board survived the most famous maritime disaster in history, partly because there were not enough lifeboats to carry everyone.
Palmer said climate change may play into a positive for the new ship’s fate. “One of the benefits of global warming is there hasn’t been as many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days,” Palmer said.
Passengers on board the replica will dress in the fashion of that period and eat dishes from the original menu, in dining rooms copied from the predecessor. (AGENCIES)