Just past the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has announced that he will build a life size sailing replica of the famed, but doomed, ship. Other news outlets have questioned if it is retro? genius? or just another bad remake?
Palmer says that the ship will mimic the Titanic in lay out, design and room decor, but will feature modern safety, construction, and other innovations that would keep the ship from meeting the same fate as the original ship. The ship will also have more than enough life boats for all passengers and crew.
As a cruise lover I have to say that I have mixed feelings about the project. One the one hand the ship was known to be one of the most beautiful and luxurious ever constructed. The rebuilding of the ship would certainly be a fitting tribute to those who worked so hard to craft the original ship. Those craftsmen certainly would be proud to have their skill and artistry honored in this recreation. On the other hand, so many people lost their lives in the original disaster, recreating the ship that went down seems a bit grim. It certainly would be a ship that I would want to at least tour, but I am not sure that I would want to sail on her. Would you tempt fate in order to sail on her?