Any surviving relatives of people on the ill-fated maiden voyage of Titanic back in 1912 will probably get a sinking feeling in their stomach today, after Clive Palmer got one step closer to his dream of recreating the steamer to almost exactly the same design plans.
He released the drawings today showing familiar areas of the ship such as the grand staircase, the top-deck gymnasium and the ornate suites, rooms and dining areas of what was once the largest ship ever built.
Palmer was asked if he would describe his new ship as ‘unsinkable’ in a question that harked back to the much-vaunted ‘safety’ of the original ship. Most who boarded it thought that technology had advanced so far that ‘this was a ship that could not be sunk’.
But Palmer said: ‘Anything will sink if you put a hole in it. I think it would be very cavalier to say it. I think people in the past have done that and lived to regret it.’ Looks like he’s seen the movie then.
The new ship’s maiden voyage will be on the original route from Southampton to New York in late 2016. Palmer added: ‘We will complete the journey. We will sail into New York on the ship they designed.’
The tycoon has called his company the Blue Star Line, in homage to the original White Star Line, and although she will be diesel powered instead of steam and carry more life boats, almost everything will look and feel the same as the original ship.
He even suggested that there would be no access to the internet or any TVs on board the ship, separate classes will be separated and not allowed to mingle, and rooms will contain 20th Century mimic clothing for people to dress up and pretend they were around in the 1910s.
Palmer refused to say how much the project would cost.