Mining billionaire Clive Palmer of Queensland Australia has recently informed the media that he has commissioned a Chinese shipyard, CSC Jinling Shipyard, to build a modern day replica of the infamous Titanic. Palmer owns a resort on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, and plans to build an entire fleet of luxury liners after the Titanic replica is complete.
According to Palmer, the ship will be built as an exact replica to the original, down to the tiniest detail, but it will be equipped with modern technology that will prevent a repeat of the original fateful maiden voyage 100 years ago.
Construction of the soon-to-be luxurious cruise ship will begin next year, and will be ready for her maiden voyage in 2016. It will sail from London to New york, similar to the original Titanic that was supposed to sail from Southampton, England to New York. The cost of the ship has yet to be revealed.
“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,” said Palmer.
100 years ago last April the Titanic, the largest ship of its kind at the time, sank after colliding with an iceberg the night of April 15, 1912. Over 1,500 hundred people vanished in the disaster as the unsinkable ship sank to the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean.
The Titanic was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, and was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners. It was operated by the White Star Line. Of the 2,224 passengers, many of which were some of the wealthiest people in the world, only 702 survived, mainly women and children due to the ‘women and children first’ protocol when loading the lifeboats. The ship still rests on the seabed of the North Atlantic, slowly decaying to time and currents 12, 415 feet below the surface.
In 1997 James Cameron took the tragic story of the Titanic and added a romantic twist to it, hence creating one of the most famous and highest-grossing films of all time. James Cameron released a 3D version of the film on April 4, 2012 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the sunken ship.
The American airing of the UK’s Titanic: The Mission series in which four engineers toil to bring iconic sections of the RMS Titanic back to life using technology of a century past.