An Australian billionaire wants to see the Titanic complete its failed maiden voyage. He's unveiled blueprints for a new version of the ill-fated ocean liner, with plans to set sail in 2016.
You might wonder if passengers would be superstitious about boarding a ship whose original version sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, taking with it more than 1,500 people. In fact, 40,000 potential passengers have expressed interest in tickets, according to Clive Palmer, the billionaire who is funding construction.
There is no published price for tickets, but Palmer says the new Titanic will have all the luxury amenities of the original. It will retrace the original voyage from Southampton, England, to New York.
Palmer made his fortune in coal and real estate. He told the Associated Press that the appeal of the ship remains strong. "The Titanic is about the things we've got in common," he said. "It links three continents."
The ship will be built in China and is being described as "the safest cruise ship in the world." But, as the world now knows, no ship is unsinkable. However, the iceberg that took down the original Titanic is less likely to be a problem, Palmer notes. "One of the benefits of global warming is there hasn't been as many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days."
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