- Titanic II, a modern replica of the 1912 ship, has recently resumed construction
- The ship is slated to set sail in the coming years partially on the same route as the original ship, which sunk in April 1912 after striking an iceberg in the Atlantic
- The ambitious project is being spearheaded by an Australian business mogul and will reportedly cost a staggering sum when ultimately completed soon
Will the Titanic finally be the king of the world?
The ‘unsinkable’ ocean liner, the largest in the world, infamously sank on its maiden voyage in the early morning of April, 15 1912 while en route from England to the United States after striking an iceberg.
Now, a full-sized replica of the ship is reportedly slated to set sail across the Atlantic, retracing the original route of the ill-fated luxury liner.
The ship, believed to cost approximately $500 million (£384.6m), is designed to carry nearly the exact same number of passengers and crew members as the original ship at 2,400 and 900 respectively but will be equipped with modern safety and navigation technology, including an adequate number of lifeboats.
Notably, the ship will also have the same cabin layout and will attempt to replicate the original 1912 ship as closely as possible in terms of its overall aesthetic feel.
Clive Palmer, the Blue Star Line’s chairman, told MSN: ‘The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue, and mystery in every port she visits.’
Currently, there’s no information on when tickets will be available or what their prices will be.
What is the Titanic II?
Titanic II is an ocean liner currently under construction by CSC Jinling in Nanjing, China intended to be a contemporary replica of the RMS Titanic.
The project, undertaken by proposed Blue Star Line Pty. Ltd. cruise company of Brisbane, Australia, is the brainchild of Australian business mogul Clive Palmer, who announced it to the public on April 30, 2012.
Originally intended for a 2016 launch, the ambitious project quickly met with financial problems that delayed it for several years until it as announced that the project would finally resume on September 27, 2018.
Designed as a modern-day replica of the original 1912 ocean liner as closely as possible, the planned ship will differ from the original version in a number of ways, including having a gross tonnage of 56,000 GT compared to its predecessor’s 46,000 gross registered tonnage, being equipped with a modern diesel engine, eschewing wood paneling to conform to modern safety regulations, modernizing third-class cabins and also being built with modern safety and maritime navigation features.
Titanic II route
The Titanic II will sail from Dubai to Southampton, England, and then on to New York City, with the Southampton-New York leg of the voyage essentially being the same route as the original ship took in 1912 before meeting a shocking and tragic end in a watery grave in the North Atlantic.
After its two-week maiden voyage is completed, it will embark on other routes across the world.
Titanic II sail date
The ship is reportedly looking to set sail sometime in mid-2022 – roughly 110 years after the original ship set sail. After its maiden voyage, it will begin other sail routes across the world sometime in late 2022.
Exact sail dates have yet to be confirmed.
Who is Clive Palmer?
Clive Palmer is an entrepreneur and politician behind the ambitious Titanic II project.
He was born in Melbourne, Australia on March 26, 1954.
After attending the University of Queensland from 1973 to 1975, Palmer launched as career as a businessman, building a vast empire in coal, iron ore and nickel through owning various companies like Mineralogy and Queensland Nickel.
He also owns numerous resorts and golf courses and formerly owned the Gold Coast United FC association football team from 2008 to 2012.
Palmer has also dabbled in politics, establishing the Palmer United Party in April 2013 until disbanding it in May 2017. However, he recently revived it as the United Australia Party in February 2018, announcing his intent to run himself in Queensland.
The ambitious Titanic II project isn’t Palmer’s first attention-grabbing headline in recent years. In December 2013, he opened a park featuring animatronic dinosaurs called Palmersaurus at the Palmer Coolum Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
His net worth is estimated to be about $425 million (£327.2m).