A $500m replica of the Titanic could set to sea by 2022, if a plan conceived by Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer comes to fruition.
Palmer’s vision is for the ship to follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York. She would also circumnavigate the globe, "inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivalled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits", as he put it to The Guardian newspaper.
"Millions have dreamed of sailing on her, seeing her in port and experiencing her unique majesty. Titanic II will be the ship where those dreams come true."
Titanic survivors on a lifeboat (Public Domain)
The ship would have the same luxurious interior as the original, including a ballroom and Turkish baths, and would contain 2,400 passengers and 900 crew, the same number as the White Star liner carried on her maiden voyage. Those travelling will be given period clothing. However, it will be built in China this time around, rather than the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
The number of lifeboats and safety features would be increased, according to Blue Star Line, the firm behind the project.
Top image: The original Titanic (Public Domain)