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Dare to Sail the Titanic II?

File photo. (Universal History Archive/Getty Images)(LONDON) -- An Australian billionaire has revealed plans to build a replica of the Titanic cruise ship, with plans to set it sail along the original sunken ship’s path from England to New York.

Real estate and coal magnate Clive Palmer announced Monday that he has signed an agreement with a state-owned Chinese company, CSC Jingling Shipyard, to build in their shipyard a modernized version of the Titanic, the infamous ship that crashed into an iceberg and sank in 1912, killing more than 1,500 people.

“It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but … will have state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems,” Palmer said in a statement.

Placing a bet that the lure of the Titanic name will be greater than the deadly legacy it carries, Palmer said he will call the ocean liner Titanic II.  He expects the ship, with room for 1,680 passengers, to make its maiden voyage four years from now, in 2016.

The announcement comes just weeks after the world marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic.  The milestone anniversary saw the release of the iconic 1990s Titanic movie in 3-D, an auction of the ship’s memorabilia and a cruise that retraced the ship’s very path, which, should be noted, ran into trouble due to weather before it even left the dock.

Palmer, who was listed last year as Australia’s fifth-richest person, with an estimated net worth of more than $5.2 billion, according to BRW magazine, did not provide a cost estimate for what it will take to recreate the legendary ship in modern times.

The Titanic II will have four smoke stacks to make it look like the coal-powered original, but they will be decoration only for the diesel-powered ship.  The structural changes to the ship will include using welding rather than rivets, and using an enlarged rudder and bow thrusters for increased maneuverability, according to Palmer.

Calling the project “a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original Titanic,” Palmer said he recruited a historical research team to lead design work for the new ship.

The Australian also announced he has established a new shipping company, Blue Star Line Pty., and will work with CSC Jinling Shipyard to build three other luxury ships, in addition to the Titanic II.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Cruise Ship Tracing Titanic’s Voyage Runs Into Trouble

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A cruise ship tracing the route of the Titanic and memorializing the ship’s passengers has run into trouble before even departing for North America, where the infamous ship crashed into an iceberg and sank in 1912.

The MS Balmoral, a luxury cruise liner operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, departed England Sunday and was set to pick up passengers in France and Ireland before continuing to America.

The ship’s progress has been delayed by strong winds Monday that have prevented the Balmoral from docking in Cobh, Ireland. The 45 mph winds and rough seas are keeping the boat at bay until early evening, according to the BBC.

The Balmoral is set to sail with the same number of passengers aboard as the Titanic had 100 years ago, and has taken its memorial voyage seriously, hosting passengers in early 1900s-era costumes, offering some of the same meals eaten by passengers on the Titanic, and planning memorial services along the route.

Some of the passengers are descendants of passengers who perished on the 1912 luxury liner.

The ship was expected to reach New York in 10 days. It is unclear whether that arrival date has changed.

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