Titanic II: What could possibly go wrong?

What’s up, everybody? Reader here.

Yesterday, I posted a video about something that piqued my interest…

That’s right. Once again, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has announced that he plans to build Titanic II, a modern replica of the iconic ship that tragically sank on her maiden voyage, at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912

And it has got me thinking – why would anyone want to build Titanic II? Doesn’t it seem like tempting fate?

Here’s a quick nutshell summary about Palmer’s quest to recreate the infamous liner.

At first glance, the idea may seem a little controversial or insensitive. After all, the original Titanic disaster claimed the lives of over 1,500 people and still resonates with the public today. So why would anyone want to recreate such a tragic event?

I admit, I can see why he’d want to bring Titanic back to life. For starters, the Titanic was a marvel of engineering and design for its time. It was the largest and most luxurious ship of its era, and its sinking was a stark reminder of the dangers of hubris and complacency. Remember how everyone said the great ship was “unsinkable?” How’d that go?

Palmer says the new version would have all the latest bells and whistles, with modern technology and safety measures (including, I would assume, enough lifeboats for everyone on board!) Hopefully, we can gain valuable insights into how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future. It could be a way to honor the past while also looking towards a safer and more secure future.

Many say that by building Titanic II, it’s a chance to pay homage to the original ship and its legacy, and serve as a memorial to those who lost their lives on that fateful night, as well as a testament to human ingenuity and progress.

It could also provide a unique and immersive experience for history buffs and enthusiasts who want to step back in time and experience a taste of the past.

I admit, I’d certainly be interested to see how accurately they recreate the ship. I’ve been a Titanic buff since a joint American-French expedition, led by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean-Louis Michel discovered the wreck in September of 1985.

The two books that held me spellbound at the Conquest School library as a kid, and made Titanic a major topic of interest for me – the December 1985 issue of National Geographic, and Walter Lord’s classic 1955 book, “A Night to Remember.”

Here’s some more Titanic items I’ve collected over the years.

Titanic books, Blu-Rays, and even puzzles… I’ve got ’em!
Of course, you’ve gotta have Jim Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster, that won 11 Oscars, and introduced the world to Jack and Rose!
I’ve even got a 1,000-piece Titanic puzzle that I do plan to get around to one day!

Back in the summer of 1994, when the IMAX Theatre in Regina was showing it, I even dragged my family to see “Titanica,” which, I admit looking back, excited me a lot more than it did them!

Of course, there are valid concerns and criticisms about the project. Some may argue that it is in poor taste to recreate a ship that is associated with such a tragic event. Others may worry about the potential risks and ethical implications of building a replica of a ship that met such a disastrous fate.

I’ve dreamed for years of having the money to thumb a ride on an expedition to dive to the wreck site in the North Atlantic, but last June’s disaster, involving the implosion of the Titan submersible has put an end to that!

Maybe checking out Titanic II would be a safer way to satisfy my curiosity!

Ultimately, the decision to build Titanic II comes down to how we choose to remember and honor the past.

It is a complex issue that raises important questions about history, memory, and progress.

Now, that said, far be it for me to tell a mega-billionaire how to spend their money.

But after the original went down, nearly 40 years of exploration, and last summer’s disaster, despite my curiosity, maybe it’s not worth tempting fate again.

It went undisturbed for 73 years before the wreck was found. Maybe now, it’s time to just keep the stories alive.

Watch the movies, read the books, visit the museums, and let the great ship rest once again.

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