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Conspiracy Theories, Tempting Fate & Just Plain Crazy:

 

Conspiracy Theories, Tempting Fate & Just Plain Crazy:

The Building of the Titanic II Addresses Them All!

 

Hmmm…how to begin…

 

I would like to say the old line that states this article is only an opinion, which means the ‘opinion’ expressed is only the writer’s opinion. Yes, mine. However…after the study that People magazine published, I feel that my opinion is actually the one shared by 50% of the nation. Yup, this is one study that was split right down the middle. I mean, even the one that asked people if they liked the ‘Real Housewives’ came out 60/40.

 

Suffice to say, the RMS Titanic is well known by one and all. If not from time spent in history class, it is known because of poor, cute Leonardo falling off that door (which, by the way, had more than enough room for he and Kate Winslet), and intoTitanic 2 his icy grave. The ‘heart would go on’ with moviegoers and romantic nuts for all time because of that movie, and the image of that huge liner crashing into the iceberg and splitting in half as it went straight down and became a part of the world ‘Under the Sea’ was ingrained on everyone’s memory. But now…just in case anyone was truly interested in being on that liner and want nothing more than to have the chance to relive an experience like that, the Titanic II is coming.

 

This complete replica is the project of Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, who actually announced it back in 2012; the liner is to become the actual ‘flagship‘ for his company, Blue Star Line (which, of course, is yet another truly familiar name from the movie.) Set to launch in 2016, heading from Southhampton to New York, is also a mirror image of the path it took once before. I’m wondering, is someone out there right now creating: Hindenburg, The Sequel, for other adventurers to be a part of? …Most likely.

 

This is not the first time someone has wanted to bring that ship back to life. In fact, right after the Leonardo role grew strong, many wanted to re-launch that liner and allow passengers to feel the real thing. No, not when it came to hitting an iceberg, but when it came to everything from eating off an exact copy of the dishware to sitting in their cabins surrounded by pure and utter elegance. I wonder if third class will be filled with the rats that appeared on the first Titanic? …Not likely.

 

Of course, there will certainly be more safety equipment added to the ship – and more than enough lifeboats, before you wonder. And this project will cost quite a bit of money. Especially, I would assume, when it comes to paying a Captain and a staff that must have the nerve to tempt Fate once again.

 

Let’s just say that many wanted to recreate the ship, yet failed in ever bringing their idea to fruition. It seems, however, that Clive Palmer will be getting it done. At least – that’s how it looks for now.

A Finnish naval architecture firm by the name of, Deltamarin has been commissioned to undertake the design, and it was just last October that it was announced Steve Hall – a designer and a true historian when it comes to this era – was given the job of Design Consultant. Add to this team an expert by the name of Daniel Klistorner, who knows every detail of the doomed ship’s interiors, and you have just about every piece of puzzle in place.

 

There is an entire board that is accepting everything from suggestions to recommendations for the Titanic II to be far better than it’s predecessor, although that shouldn’t be too difficult seeing as that fancy knives and forks didn’t exactly do much to save the passenger’s lives. Having a system in place when it comes to an emergency would be far better to think about.

 

In some people’s minds this project actually pays an amazing tribute to the lives that were lost during those horrific evening and dawn hours; however, half of this globe literally has no interest to tempt Fate, especially after a meteor actually struck Earth just recently. Not to mention Mother Nature’s volcanoes, earthquakes, tidal waves, winter blizzards, etc., have gone from bad to tragic over the past few years.

 

Just recently – February 26th to be exact – a private event was held on the ‘USS Intrepid’ that showed everybody the design for the Titanic II. In London, just a few days later, the Natural History Museum held another dinner in honor of the project, which offered items on display that were salvaged from the original ship. (Not exactly what I would call ‘happy’ dinner conversation).

 

Many differences, thankfully, can be found in this ‘sequel’ to the liner that literally made headlines and continued to stay in the forefront of the world’s mind all this time. Although similar in look and feel, modern safety regulations are being used for enhanced stability; a welded hull (gone are the rivets); a new bulbous bow that offers higher fuel efficiency; stabilizers; diesel engines (yes, the coal-fired steam engines are also gone); a safety deck between the ‘lower decks’ that will offer modern lifeboats as well as marine evacuation systems that have become far more advanced than just having a  steward scream “Women and children first!” All this, among other pieces of technical equipment, will make the ship far more seaworthy than its predecessor.

 

Now when it comes to the interior, the designers and historians are doing their best to make sure that the inside of the Titanic II matches its predecessor as closely as humanly possible. From furnishings to draperies to cabins to the main staircase that everyone seems to love so much (probably that’s because Leo was waiting there…twice), and more, will be a part of the liner.

 

There are some arguments going on regarding the fact that the Titanic II would be the first ‘hot and famous’ passenger vessel ever to be constructed in China, in a state-owned shipyard that has never built a large passenger vessel before. However, I believe this is the lesser of evils when it comes to this particular project.

 

I wouldn’t bet on the fact that this shipbuilding will move forward…but you never know. When it comes to Clive Palmer, this is actually one of the most responsible and possible things he could do. Especially considering the fact that he once wanted to build ‘Jurassic Park’ (with a major golf resort, of course, so that everyone could become Tiger Woods while evading the extremely angry T-Rex that was coming for them.) This is also the man who claimed he was, and perhaps still is, the target of a huge conspiracy being led by our President, the CIA, Greenpeace and the Rockefeller Foundation. Now, if it was me who claimed this, I really think adding ‘Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter’ to the list of conspirators would have made it far more cool.

 

So…will the Titanic set sail again? Are there a list of people whom you would love to get tickets for the maiden voyage? Will the liner stop in the middle of the ocean in order to…what?…announce that they are sailing over the first wreck? Either way, no matter what happens, I have a feeling that the 50% that rides and the 50% that stays home rolling their eyes – will all be holding their breath until this particular Titanic appears safely in New York.

 

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy

 

*P.S. Just a small ‘shout-out’ to Clive: I doubt very much that Leonardo will ride. After all, the other one he rode was just a movie.

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