Titanic II? The Legendary Ocean Liner is Coming Back to Life
An artist’s rendering of the Titanic II. (Photo: AP)
It’s a story that has fascinated us for more than 100 years: A grand ship designed with the utmost luxury in mind sinks to the bottom of the frigid Atlantic Ocean after being touted as “unsinkable.” Museums have been erected and, of course, blockbuster movies have been made, all to fulfill our fascination with this infamous icon. But one Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, thought there was one experience left unexplored: creating an exact replica. Get ready for Titanic II.
Clive Palmer announces his plans to recreate the Titanic. (Photo: AP)
Scheduled for 2018, Titanic II is set to follow the same path as the ill-fated vessel took in 1912, but this time it plans to complete the journey.
“The Titanic was the ship of dreams,” Palmer said in New York at the project’s official launch. “Titanic II is the ship where dreams will come true.”
This romantic notion has garnered a lot of discussion about whether or not it is a good idea. “Everyone is familiar with the decadence and beauty of the Titanic, and the nostalgic look at luxury from that era certainly inspires a certain association,” said Ross McGraw, senior vice president of creative brand experience at Optimist Inc. “On the downside, there is also an immediate connection to the tragedy and some less-than-luxurious lower-class areas” in the original ship.
The original Titanic on the ocean floor. (Photo: AP)