By Rick Kazmer
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In May I debated colleague Bruce J. Siwy about the Titanic II.
The ship is being built by billionaire Clive Palmer, who unveiled his blueprints Tuesday. The replica of the doomed 1912 ship is supposed make its first voyage in late 2016, according to The Associated Press.
The original arguments are available here.
Palmer told The Associated Press that 40,000 people have shown interest in buying tickets for the first trip. They, along with the wealthy Palmer, are nuts.
While an iceberg was the literal reason for the first Titanic‚Äôs sinking, there was something surreal about the events of the disaster ‚Äî¬†that left only 700 of 2,200 travelers alive. The first ship was heralded as unsinkable.
Passengers are expected to dress in period clothing and to eat food from the early 1900s during the trip. They want to closely mimic details from the original ship ‚Äî aside, of course, from the end.
In the report Palmer said that climate change has left the North Atlantic with fewer icebergs. But cruise ships have been having misfortune lately ‚Äî like running out of fuel and rolling over. Tempting fate to this degree seems like a foolish idea.
Palmer‚Äôs deep pockets could eerily leave him in deep water when this is all said and done.