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Published on Feb 27, 2013
www.sofilianews.blogspot.com An Australian billionaire unveils his plan to build a replica of the ill-fated luxury liner that sank more than 100 years ago Titanic II will be a "ship of peace" and a "financial bonanza", the Australian billionaire behind an audacious project to build a replica of the famous cruise liner has said.
Mining tycoon Clive Palmer unveiled his plans for building a nearly identical version of the long foundered vessel at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.
"Titanic was the ship of dreams, Titanic II is the ship where dreams come true," he said at the launch.
The chairman of the Blue Star Line said more than 40,000 people had already registered for tickets to take part in Titanic II's maiden voyage, which will follow the same route the RMS Titanic was travelling when it sank 375 miles (600km) south of Newfoundland in April 1912.
"Originally we thought it was a good idea," Mr Palmer told Sky News.
"We thought it would have a lot of appeal. We didn't know how much appeal, but certainly we've found it's had enormous appeal. And financially very strong as well ... it's going to be a blockbuster."