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Friday, 8 March 2013

Aussie billionaire unveils blueprints for 'Titanic II'

NEW YORK - 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.

Mr Clive Palmer unveiled blueprints for the famously doomed ship's namesake on Tuesday at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York.

He told AP that construction is scheduled to start soon in China.

Mr Palmer said that 40,000 people have expressed interest in tickets for the maiden voyage, which will take the original course from Southampton, England, to New York.

He said people are inspired by his quest to replicate one of the most famous vessels in history.

"We all live on this planet, we all breathe the same air and, of course, the Titanic is about the things we've got in common," he said.

"It links three continents."

The original Titanic was the world's largest and most luxurious ocean liner when it hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank on April 15, 1912.

Only 700 people of the more than 2,200 on board survived the most famous maritime disaster in history, partly because there were not enough lifeboats to carry everyone.

Mr Palmer said that a factor unknown when the original ship sailed - climate change - may be a positive now.


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