Your decade-old “King of the World” fantasies with Leonardo DiCaprio just got one step closer to reality.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced yesterday that he planned to build Titanic II, a “full-scale recreation” of the doomed ship that sank in 1912. Showing the above computer-generated blueprint, Palmer said the ship will have its maiden voyage in 2016, and will travel from Shanghai to Southampton, England, and then on to New York. Once it is up and running, Palmer plans to have the Titanic II — which, in keeping with the original, won’t have television or Internet — in business constantly.
After the announcement many expressed concern on social media that naming a ship after the Titanic was disrespectful to the people who lost their lives on the original. One person who doesn’t have a problem? Paul Kurzman, whose great-grandparents died on the Titanic. “I don’t think they would have had any problem whatsoever, as long as the Titanic II steers clear of icebergs,” Kurzman told reporters.
Good advice for us all.