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Titanic 2 scheduled to sail in 2018

It seems like ages since Australian entrepreneur Clive Palmer announced his plans to build a replica of the Titanic, called Titanic II, and “complete the journey” between Southampton, England, and New York City that the original ship never finished.

Indeed, Palmer, chairman of Blue Star Line, the entity formed to develop Titanic II, unveiled his grand plans for the replica ship more than a year ago in February 2013, which coincided with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic.

Slowly but steadily over the past year, Palmer has announced new partners and a testing program for a model of the vessel, though some skeptics have doubted his ability to complete the project. He also has vowed that Titanic II will have every modern amenity, 21st century technology, and the latest navigation and safety systems.

Now Palmer has revealed plans for what might just be Titanic II’s biggest source market—China. Blue Star Line said it has signed memorandum of understanding appointing China’s AVIC as its latest Titanic II project partner. AVIC will promote the Titanic II project and coordinate Titanic II sponsors from mainland China. CSC Jinling Shipyard, a Chinese shipyard where Palmer currently builds cargo vessels for his Australian mining interests, will build the new ship.

Titanic 2

Titanic 2

Palmer said the memorandum of understanding with AVIC represents an opportunity for China to promote itself to the world via Titanic II. AVIC is part of one of the largest industrial groups authorized and managed by the People’s Republic of China Central Government. It offers shipbuilding project management and consultancy, design and engineering, shipbuilding and ship trading-related services.


“AVIC will assist in promoting the Titanic II and shortlisting sponsors from mainland China on behalf of Blue Star Line,” Palmer said. “This is a great opportunity for China to showcase its products and promote its artisans and industries to the world.”

Titanic boarding pass

Titanic boarding pass

In April 2012, Palmer commissioned CSC Jinling Shipyard to build and coordinate the construction of Titanic II in China. Another company, Deltamarin, was later appointed begin preliminary work on the ship prior to CSC Jinling beginning construction of the vessel. Deltamarin is a Finland-based ship design and marine engineering company.

“The first project development phase has been completed,” Palmer said. “Currently the focus is on the evaluation and the project master plan development and more information will be available once this phase is completed.”

But the building of Titanic II is clearly a slow and deliberate process. According to Palmer, the ship won’t be launched until in 2018. She will then take her maiden passenger voyage retracing the original Titanic’s journey from Southampton to New York—minus the collision with the giant iceberg, we hope!

Twenty Titanic facts you may not know – 2

Harry Potter to Titanic — Geraldine Somerville, who plays Harry Potter’s mother, Lily Potter, in the “Harry Potter” films, stars in ABC’s “Titanic” miniseries.

Ticket prices — The Daily Mail reported that a first-class (parlor suite) ticket cost £870/$4,350 ($50,000 today). A first-class (berth) ticket cost £30/$150 ($1,724 today), second-class accommodations cost £12/$60 ($690 today), and a third-class ticket cost £3 to £8/$40 ($172 to $460 today).

Who saw the iceberg? — Lookout Frederick Fleet in the crow’s nest alerted the bridge to the iceberg ahead. An order was given to go “Full speed astern.”

Swimming pool — It cost 1 shilling to use the 30-by-14-foot pool, which included use of a costume. Men and women were not allowed to use the pool together.

Cost to send a Marconi wireless telegram — Twelve shillings and sixpence/$3.12 ($36 today), for the first 10 words, and 9 pence per word thereafter. More than 250 passenger telegrams were sent and received during the voyage.

Inside the Titanic - First class cabin B38

Inside the Titanic – First class cabin B38



Double tragedy —
Douglas Spedden was 6 years old when his nurse told him they were on a “trip to see the stars,” as she carried him to lifeboat No. 3 from which he was rescued. Three years later, at age 9, he was hit by a car in Maine and died two days later. It was one of the first recorded automobile accidents in the state.

The richest — The wealthiest passenger aboard was Lt. Col. John Jacob Astor IV, with a fortune estimated at about $100 million. He did not survive.


Auction — More than 5,500 items from the Titanic’s resting place went on auction in New York City on April 2. By law, the lot could not be broken up and the winning bidder must display the items for the public. The winning bid is to be announced Wednesday.

Hero — The most senior officer to survive the disaster was 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller. He took charge of an overturned lifeboat, then calmed and organized the survivors, numbering about 30. He was the last survivor taken on board the rescue ship RMS Carpathia.

He served in the British navy in World War I and helped rescue soldiers during the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II. He was portrayed by Kenneth More in the 1958 film “A Night to Remember” and Jonathan Phillips in the 1997 film “Titanic.”

Memorial museums — Two Titanic museums, one in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., with 2 million visitors since 2010, and the other, in Branson, Mo., with 5 million visitors since 2006, will conclude their activities Saturday by lighting memorial flames at the bows of the half-scale replicas of the ship. Both museums are billed as exhibiting the largest permanent collections of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia.

The Titanic

The Titanic

Orchestra — All eight members of the all-male Titanic orchestra perished. Three bodies, including that of John Hume Law, were found. Two weeks after his death, Law’s father received a bill from C.W. and F.N. Black, the Liverpool firm that employed the orchestra, demanding 5 shillings and 4 pennies for costs pertaining to his son’s uniform.

According to those rescued, the musicians played until the ship went down. It has been suggested that the last tune was the hymn “Nearer My God to Thee.” A concert was held at the Apollo Club in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 9, 1912, to aid the families of the musicians who perished in the sinking.

Suicides — Ten Titanic survivors later committed suicide. Stewardess Annie Robinson was the first. Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, the 42-year-old was sailing across the Atlantic to visit her daughter in Boston when she jumped overboard as the ship entered a thick fog.