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"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

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Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"John Wick didn't kill all those people because they broke his toaster." -MickAK

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, April 30, 2012

Calling All Icebergs!

An Australian billionaire said Monday he'll build a high-tech replica of the Titanic at a Chinese shipyard and its maiden voyage in late 2016 will be from England to New York, just like its namesake planned. 

Weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic, Clive Palmer announced Monday he has signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the Titanic II.

"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. He called the project "a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original Titanic."
Here's the thing: The Titanic was luxurious by the standards of its day.  By the standards of today's cruise industry, a first-class cabin on the old Titanic might as well be below the waterline of today's cruise ships.



Only the relative handful of private suites had their own bathrooms.  For the rest, the first class passengers had to make an appointment to take a bath.  Most first-class cabins were less luxurious than a room at  Motel 6.

Besides the changes in technology, the difference was the mission of cruise ships then and now. Before the Jet Age, cruises were taken for transportation.  Which, for the most part, is not why people take cruises today.

Sure, a lot of people will initially book a trip on Titanic II.  That'll last until word gets around that a Edwardian-age superliner was, by today's lights, cramped and boring.  My guess is that T-II will end up being parked somewhere as a low-rent attraction.  More likely is that it will be cut up for scrap before it is ten years old.

Still, the guy behind it will lose less money that was blown on LightSquared...

5 comments:

Nangleator said...

How do you build a ship in China, and have its maiden voyage from England?

Eck! said...

You put the last part in when docked at Glassglow?

As to the standard of the day for the cabins.. I expect he will be building the Hollywood edition.. as we dreamed it now.


Eck!

w3ski said...

I just don't see the fun in a floating city with 30 thousand of your neighbors and no real privacy area at all.
Plus assembly line food. Ugh
w3ski

Stewart Dean said...

And will they use period metallurgy plating and rivets? Perhaps they could recreate a Great Leap Forward backyard foundry to do so.......

Stewart Dean said...

And will they use period metallurgy plating and rivets? Perhaps they could recreate a Great Leap Forward backyard foundry to do so.......