I'm with Steve on this one, and I disagree somewhat with WC and MP. This guy is a businessman, and I think a Titanic II could be an excellent investment. It also has a legitimate historical aspect, if it's done right.
We all spend money on things that aren't absolutely necessary. I doubt that the folks on this forum who spend mega dollars on camera equipment aren't making a conscious decision not to send that money to Medicins sans Frontieres. We all have things that we just enjoy. Multiply our disposable dollars by millions, and you've got this chap with his Titanic II project.
Maybe, Neil, you could chip in some $$$'s for the replica iceberg that will appear on your fantasy cruise...
Comment from a poster calling him/her self 'pastorjwv' off the CBC website story re Titanic II. Quite frankly, I agree.
Yet another story of how one of the more than 1100 Billionaires is spending their money. $200 million on a boat, and others willing to spend $1 million on a ticket? And still, those of us who make less in a month than the billionaires do in a day, we will continue to receive requests to financially assist a multitude of charities seeking to make the world a better place. The toonie given to a beggar serves mankind better than some overpriced extravagance. But you won't find an article extolling the virtues of someone who gives of their time and money at a local soup kitchen or food bank.
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Went to the Titanic exhibit at the Lipont Center in Richmond today. Won't say I was blown away, and I probably didn't learn much new, but I'd say it was worth the $18. I spent about ninety minutes having a proper look at everything.
For some reason, one of the most arresting things, to me, was a hull rivet. I guess it was because that was something so key to the sinking. Another thing that struck me was a pair of black wool socks that looked like the could have just come off a store shelf. The re-creation of the boilers was impressive, and they also had a first and third class stateroom. I was hoping there would have been more actual areas of the ship portrayed. As you might expect, there was a wonderful 1/100 scale model, and another rather haunting model of the forward part of the wreck, as it appeared when discovered in 1985. Things have decayed further since then, and the ship is expected to collapse completely somewhere between forty and ninety years from now.
All of the artefacts, whether clothing, possessions, or china, are displayed in temperature and humidity controlled glass cases. The names of everyone on board is displayed, divided into crew, classes, and whether or not they survived. It seemed a respectful display, and I lingered at a number of personal items that were small reminders of daily life before their owners perished that starry night in April 1912.