Titanic to be recreated in replica ship

Published Wednesday, 27 February 2013
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A full size replica of the Titanic is to be built by an Australian billionaire which is expected to set sail in 2016.

Titanic to be recreated in replica ship
The billionaire says Titanic II will set sail in 2016. (© UTV)

Clive Palmer- the Australian billionaire behind the plan- hopes work on Titanic II will start this year, ahead of its maiden voyage from Southhampton to New York.

The ship will be built in China and apart improved safety regulations, which include more lifeboats, the design will mirror the original White Star Liner.

"Titanic was the ship of dreams, but Titanic 2 will be the ship where dreams come true," Mr Palmer said at the New York launch.

He said doesn't agree with claims that the move is in poor taste and said the initial response shows the public are not superstitious about travelling on the 'new' Titanic.

"40,000 people have registered on our website," he said.

"They want to enjoy a lifestyle that is no longer there for them. If you go on a cruise ship today it is like going on a floating apartment."

He added: "There'll be the opportunity for the English navy to escort it on its first crossing of the Atlantic."

But the businessman told UTV that he will not be bringing the liner to Belfast.

"It was merely built there, it was designed in the United Kingdom but other than that we don't have any plans to take it to Belfast," he said.

"Because I don't think Belfast was on its regular run anyway."

Susie Millar from the Belfast Titanic Society said they be reserving judgement on the project until they got more information.

"Some of us from the committee are going over to England next week to the launches that are being held there," she said.

"We want to be sure that if this is going to go ahead that it's done with respect and taste and honour to those who died."

More than a century ago, it took just over two years to build RMS Titanic at Harland and Wolff in Belfast.

It set sail to Southampton on 2 April 1912 to pick up its first passengers.

More than 1500 people died after the Titanic sank when it hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on 14 April 1912 during her maiden voyage to New York.

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paddy keena in dublin, ireland wrote (393 days ago):
well i just read that whole thing about the billionair re-building the titanic. i think it is a good idea i have said it before about doing a replica of it to bring in more people from all walks of life to experiance what it was like back in 1912 on the titanic, but the fact that it wont be in belfast is just rediculious i think. it should be since it was built there at harolnd and wolfe. the follow belfast peoiple should get a taste and joy of hsaving titianc 2 on our shores and not in england. no effence to anyone from england of course. we are all the same, but lets hope it will be a good sail and everything goes to plan, dont want the whole event happening again.
lucylou in belfast wrote (558 days ago):
TOMMY ATKINS IN LONDON===You post comments on a regular basis intimating we are ALL full of hate.I don't know if you have family links with N Ireland or were here at times for other reasons but when I read some of your comments it appears YOU have a problem with hate for N Ireland. If as you imply the rest of the world has no interest in N Ireland why are you so obsessed by it? You are certainly entitled to your opinions even if along with some others to these sites they highlight that part of the problems here lie with people like yourself.
Oh Dear! in Antrim wrote (575 days ago):
Yes, Titanic was designed in the United Kingdom - Belfast, UK! By Thomas Andrews. This aussie millionaire obviously has no real interest in the Titanic's heritage and is just out to make a buck.
Ady in Sailortown wrote (602 days ago):
What a laugh. How deluded are some of the comments here ? Build it in Belfast ? I would be surprised if some-one had the skills to assemble an "Air-fix" kit . Also Sammy,Billy,Davy and the boys would find it difficult getting to work during "Protests and marches".
Jim Carlisle in Scottsdale, USA wrote (603 days ago):
It would be nice and fitting if the Ship could come to Belfast. It was designed here. I don't think H & W will build any more ships. Does the owner know it is the Royal Navy and not the English Navy?
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