In this rendering provided by Blue Star Line, the Titanic II is shown cruising at sea. The ship, which Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is planning to build in China, is scheduled to sail in 2016. Palmer said his ambitious plans to launch a copy of the Titanic and sail her across the Atlantic would be a tribute to those who built and backed the original. (AP Photo/Blue Star Line) Another adventure in irony: Titanic II
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
     In today's edition of, this article reports that Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is planning a replica of RMS Titanic. There is a brief quote from the ship's designer:
In what some may consider a temptation of fate for a remake of a notoriously "unsinkable" ship that sank, a representative of the Finnish designer of the Titanic II said it will be the "safest cruise ship in the world."
The Titanic was an ocean liner, which is a passenger ship built for blue water; a cruise ship is most definitely not so built for seaworthiness and is more or less a luxurious ferry. I submit that, if the ship's designer fails to recognize the difference between an ocean liner and a cruise ship, Titanic II might prove a far better replication than desirable.