If lightning never strikes the same place twice, a second Titanic ship should have smooth sailing, right? Let’s hope so, because Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has just announced that he will be building a high-tech replica of the famous boat.
This year being the 100-year anniversary of the disaster, it’s as good a time as ever to attempt a Titanic II. Construction of the boat will begin next year, and it’s to be done by 2016 when it will travel from London, UK to New York, USA, the course that the original ship intended to take.
Palmer told the press, "It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic. But of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems… It is going to be designed so it won't sink," he added. "But, of course, if you are superstitious… you never know what could happen."
The first ship set sail back in 1912. More than 1,500 passengers and crew died after the ship struck an iceberg. With our advanced technology – and everyone on the planet having a smart phone – we’re going to assume that the new ship will be better equipped to handle anything… but we still wouldn’t sail on it if given the opportunity!