Billionaire Revives Titanic As A ‘Ship Of Peace’

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  • Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is reviving his ambitious project of constructing Titanic II, a modern replica of the iconic ship that met a tragic fate in 1912.
  • After more than a decade since its inception, Palmer announced the relaunch at a press conference in Sydney Opera House.
  • Titanic II aims to capture the opulence of the original vessel while incorporating modern safety standards.

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has reignited his long-standing ambition to create Titanic II, a modern replica of the infamous ship that tragically sank in 1912. After more than a decade since its initial proposal, Palmer announced the relaunch at a press briefing held at the Sydney Opera House.

Commencing Construction

With plans to commence construction in the first quarter of 2025, Palmer’s Blue Star Line company is actively seeking shipbuilders, with a preference for European partners due to their high-quality standards, as reported by CNN. The ship is expected to be 269 meters long and 32.2 meters wide, featuring 835 cabins spread across nine decks. Approximately half of these cabins will be allocated to first-class passengers, while third-class guests can experience traditional dining reminiscent of the early 20th century.

“We are very pleased to announce that after unforeseen global delays, we have reengaged with partners to bring the dream of Titanic II to life. Let the journey begin,” Palmer stated in a press release. He envisions Titanic II not only as a tribute to the past but also as a symbol of global peace and unity, fostering cooperation among nations.

Passengers aboard Titanic II will be encouraged to dress in period costumes, although it will not be mandatory. Palmer believes that reigniting the world’s fascination with the Titanic can foster a deeper connection among people globally. He expressed hope that Titanic II would serve as a “ship of peace” among nations, symbolizing cooperation and understanding.

The Legacy of RMS Titanic

The RMS Titanic, a British ocean liner, met a tragic end on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City, USA, on 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg. Operated by the White Star Line, the Titanic was carrying passengers and mail. Of the estimated 2,224 individuals on board, around 1,500 lost their lives, making it one of the deadliest maritime disasters of its time. The catastrophe sparked significant advancements in maritime safety regulations and left a profound impact on popular culture.

Construction and Design

Upon its launch, the Titanic was the largest ship afloat and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners commissioned by the White Star Line. Constructed by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, the ship was under the supervision of its principal naval architect, Thomas Andrews Jr., who tragically perished in the disaster. Captained by Edward John Smith, who also went down with the ship, the Titanic remains an enduring symbol of human ingenuity and the fragility of life at sea.

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Source: Times of India