Thanks to Clive Palmer, the Titanic will ride again (to Dubai)


Unfortunately, there can never be a movie Titanic II (spoiler: Leo dies at the end and Rose throws the diamond in the water for god know’s what reason). However, thanks to Australian multi-millionaire Clive Palmer, there will be a ship Titanic II.

If you’re thinking, this sounds familiar, that’s because Palmer announced his intention to build Titanic II in 2013, but then the plan kind of fell apart. Until now. Because now, Palmer is back and he’s ready to commit to the ship being built in 2018.

Don’t doubt Palmer’s dreams; the Australian multimillionaire made a dinosaur park with animatronic dinosaurs called Palmersaurus. It’s like a Renaissance Fair, but with dinosaurs.

The Titanic II will be an exact replica of the original — with a couple of small changes. For instance, it will now be up to modern safety standards (which we assume means there will be enough space on the lifeboats for everyone aboard) and will be four meters wider to meet regulations, “The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you’d expect on a 21st century ship,” a representative told the Belfast Telegraph.

Still, the ship will be exactly the same in every other regard, and will even retain its infamous first, second and third classes. Unlike the original ship, the Titanic II will set sail from Jiangsu, China (where it is being built) to Dubai. It’s a whole new world!

Yes, this does sound crazy, but so did the Titanic when it was first announced in the early 1900s and look how well that turned out!

“Why is it eccentric to take up a challenge?” Palmer defended himself in a “60 minutes” interview about the project. If Donald Trump has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t laugh off a very rich man with a dream — even if that dream seems totally absurd.