Billionaire Plans To Rebuild Titanic: Intriguing Or Tasteless?

Category: Society / Feb 26, 2013 10:23AM EDT
An Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer has planned to build a full sized replica of the famed ship that sunk, the Titanic. Some British relatives of the victims are now outraged and horrified by the plans, which some express as being tasteless. The details of the unveiling are expected to be announced Tuesday, as the ship is set to make the same voyage as the world’s most famous ship. On April 15th 1912 the original Titanic hit an iceberg and sunk killing 1,523 passengers and crew. Ninety one year old Pat Lacey is the great, great niece of the ship’s captain Edward John Smith: "I think it is utterly pointless and in rather poor taste really....If you have got that amount of money, it must be costing a bomb, you know in this day and age, why not do something useful with it?. I can image all the ghosts of people who went down on it, getting up and being cross about it. I certainly do. I don't understand the mentality of someone who wants to do it really," But the responses is not all negative, as historian Philip Littlejohn, whose grandfather was a first class steward on the ship, reveals he is intrigued by the plans: "I am very keen on anything that perpetuates the memory of Titanic. It has got to be remembered that Titanic was a maritime grave. I think grandfather would have loved it” It has been rumored that the Titanic II’s maiden Voyage set for 2016 could cost you up to one million dollars for a ticket Video Courtesy OF Reuters