By Rick Kazmer
An Australian billionaire is planning to build a second Titanic.
Clive Palmer‚Äôs vision, according to newspaper reports, is almost an exact copy of the ill-fated vessel that hit an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the ocean in 1912.
Of course the modern version would have all of the latest amenities ‚Äî the smoke stacks would just be for show.
The Chinese are building the Titanic II. The Chinese navy is planning to escort the vessel to New York.
It is on that point that I am writing this blog entry. There is something strange about the thought of the reincarnated Titanic finishing its predecessor‚Äôs route in the company of the Chinese navy. Perhaps this is a way for the Chinese to flaunt their growing influence on the world ‚Äî here Great Britain and America, we built one that didn‚Äôt sink.
Of course, that has yet to be seen. Either this is a decent tribute to a maritime tragedy, or a brazen tease of fate ‚Äî I haven‚Äôt decided yet. More here.