Inside the Replica of the Titanic, set to sail in 2018 (40 Pics)
There is no vessel that has captured the world’s imagination quite like the Titanic. The “unsinkable” four-funnelled ship of the White Star Line that sunk beneath the ice cold waters of the Atlantic in 1912, is one of the 20th century’s great dramas. So would you step aboard a resurrection of the fateful Titanic?
The concept of a replica of the Titanic has been explored (and failed) several times, especially since Leo and Kate took the voyage in David Cameron’s 1997 Oscar-winning film, sparking a resurgence of interest. But on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship in 2012, a determined Australian mining billionaire, Clive Palmer, announced he was going to re-build the iconic ocean liner once and for all with the cruise company Blue Star Line.
Within a year of the announcement however, after the initial buzz and publicity for the Titanic II, things seemed to go a little quiet. The reliability of Palmer’s fortune began to come into question. It was expected to set sail in late 2016, calling at the same ports as the Titanic, including Southampton and New York, but there remains little evidence that the building has even begun. The project has also raised some controversy about the insensitivity of building a replica of the tragic vessel on which claimed more than 1,500 lives. So is the whole concept just cursed?
Well, it looks like the plan is still on. Despite the Blue Star Line website desperately needing a recent update on its progress development of Titanic II, a spokesman for Clive Palmer recently confirmed to the press that the new ship will be launched in 2018 (two years later than initially planned) and the project has merely been delayed and not abandoned.