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Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:37 AM

It'll be A- okay if they follow these rules...

Don't have Capain  Birdseye in charge.
You have to make sure the ship is  watertight as a drum.
You have to make sure all the passengers have paid their life insurance claims.
You have to make sure there's plenty of lifeboats and binoculars.
You have to make sure there's no icebergs in the shipping forecast.
And you certainly can't have any " Ismay" types on the ships manifest.
The silly fool will only try to break the trans- pacific record.
Other than that it's ready to go for it's maiden voyage from Shanghai to San Franscisco.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:28 AM

View PostMedium Brown, on 28 February 2013 - 06:37 AM, said:

It'll be A- okay if they follow these rules...

Don't have Capain  Birdseye in charge.
You have to make sure the ship is  watertight as a drum.
You have to make sure all the passengers have paid their life insurance claims.
You have to make sure there's plenty of lifeboats and binoculars.
You have to make sure there's no icebergs in the shipping forecast.
And you certainly can't have any " Ismay" types on the ships manifest.
The silly fool will only try to break the trans- pacific record.
Other than that it's ready to go for it's maiden voyage from Shanghai to San Franscisco.
No, no. He wants an exact replica, probably even wants it to sink in the exact location as the original.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:10 AM

View PostRlyeh, on 28 February 2013 - 07:28 AM, said:

No, no. He wants an exact replica, probably even wants it to sink in the exact location as the original.
If that's the case I can't see how he's going to transport the Titanic to Southampton.
He'll only have to re- assemble even if it's in bits on the Trans Siberian Express.
And besides if he wanted to commendate the original disaster he's a year out.
101 looks a bit odd but the Chinese do have a love affair with the number one.
So if he replicates the disaster two years later  it will be the onset of World War three.
However they should get more people on the lifeboats if it's a Trans- Pacific route.
Tbh Dirk Pitt shouldn't have raised the Titanic in the first place.
I don't think this boat is seaworthy so it should be a floating museum piece like the Cutty Sark.
Unless the Chinese use it as their flagship for their upcoming invasion of Japan.

Edited by Medium Brown, 28 February 2013 - 09:16 AM.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:55 AM

View PostMedium Brown, on 28 February 2013 - 09:10 AM, said:

If that's the case I can't see how he's going to transport the Titanic to Southampton.
He'll only have to re- assemble even if it's in bits on the Trans Siberian Express.
And besides if he wanted to commendate the original disaster he's a year out.
101 looks a bit odd but the Chinese do have a love affair with the number one.
So if he replicates the disaster two years later  it will be the onset of World War three.
However they should get more people on the lifeboats if it's a Trans- Pacific route.
Tbh Dirk Pitt shouldn't have raised the Titanic in the first place.
I don't think this boat is seaworthy so it should be a floating museum piece like the Cutty Sark.
Unless the Chinese use it as their flagship for their upcoming invasion of Japan.
I suppose he means the first commercial sailing from Southampton. I suppose the'd make a delivery voyage from China to England, which would at least test it out thoroughly. The question, though, is why, if he's a Billionaire  for whom money is, clearly, no object, choose to do it as cheaply as possible, in a country with no history of building large passenger ships? I'm not necessarily saying that it would be unsafe; Chinese shipyards have produced hundreds of large cargo vessels, but this would surely have been, like I said, a golden opportunity to show what the "West" could do.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:44 AM

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:36 PM

View PostAntilles, on 28 February 2013 - 10:44 AM, said:

Like the Journalist says, it's easy to sneer in an amusing fashion at the childishness of the ridiculously rich, but, like thiose with ambitions for space travel that he mentions, they do actually have ideas, and actually get on and try to make these ideas happen, while Governments do nothing and have no vision or ambition at all.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:00 PM

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:08 PM

View PostLord Vetinari, on 27 February 2013 - 06:52 PM, said:

No, I think this would have been a golden opportunity to give the Global Economy a good kick in the balls and begin to get back to a world where Cheap does not always rule. But this looks like it's going to be tacky, tacky, tacky, so China probably is the right place for it.
The price-quality relationship isn't as predictable as you'd like?   Cheap doesn't always rule, I never would have impressed such an idea upon you.   You can understand two different prices for the same work though right?  Have you ever done business where you were responsible for getting competing quotes from vendors?  Saving money doesn't mean "cheap".   This could be a horrible investment given how antiquated the ship is going to be compared to its contemporaries.   I don't blame even a crazy idea like this to materialize at the best possible price point.  And that's presuming that someone in the "West" was even interested in the bidding.  

How does it look tacky?   It sounds like a faithful reproduction.   And just because someone is a Billionaire doesn't mean that "money is clearly no object".   Billionaires are often more careful with where they put their money than the poorer masses.   It's more of an object to them than anyone.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 27 February 2013 - 07:20 PM, said:

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They do not mess about these Chinese, its ready!

And it looks like its sinking already...

I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to show me where the hell Helen of Annoy has been for the past couple of months.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:00 PM

View Posttipotep, on 28 February 2013 - 04:28 AM, said:

Made in China :td:

Bet it turns up wrong and wont go together like the instructions say !

TiP.

And they will probably have a few spare nuts and bolts left at the end in the bag with no idea where they should have gone lol.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:03 PM

View PostYamato, on 28 February 2013 - 01:08 PM, said:

The price-quality relationship isn't as predictable as you'd like? Cheap doesn't always rule, I never would have impressed such an idea upon you.
yes it does, that's why the world, even billionaires, buy everything from China. No, he should have made a point of helping to re-start the British shipbuilding industry. Particularly since China, as I keep repeating, has no tradition of building large passenger ships. Why is this Entrepreneur seemingly trying to do what he can to help China, the global equivalent of the giant megasupermarket that everyone goes to because it's cheap, establish a foothold in yet another market? This should be above the "normal rules of business", where you buy everything from China because it's Cheap, and never mind that it's inferior quality. Of course Cheap always rules.

And you really don't think wanting to re-create the film Titanic is just a little bit tacky?

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:11 PM

View PostLord Vetinari, on 28 February 2013 - 09:55 AM, said:


I suppose he means the first commercial sailing from Southampton. I suppose the'd make a delivery voyage from China to England, which would at least test it out thoroughly. The question, though, is why, if he's a Billionaire  for whom money is, clearly, no object, choose to do it as cheaply as possible, in a country with no history of building large passenger ships? I'm not necessarily saying that it would be unsafe; Chinese shipyards have produced hundreds of large cargo vessels, but this would surely have been, like I said, a golden opportunity to show what the "West" could do.
Well I was responding to a hilarious suggestion from Riyeh.
I don't think any billionaire would willingly sink a boat he's invested millions in.
It's why I threw Dirk Pitt into the equation but I obviously knew it was a replica.
But if they had a maiden vogage they would definetly have it cruising in the Pacific if you can call it that.
I suppose the whole purpose of this is to set the scene and they can't do that when it's iceberg free.
Of course if they wanted to do a dummy run in the Atlantic I can imagine they wanted to attempt what the original didn't quite finish.
If they don't it will be the most expensive floating museum that hasn't actually done some serious sea time.
If a Western power did invest in a project of this magnitude they would do it for real.
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Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

I hope Titanic II has better luck this time and completes it's maiden voyage. Looking forward to seeing what happens this time.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 27 February 2013 - 07:07 PM, said:

I doubt he even has his bank accounts there, they will be Swiss.

I wonder if the ticket prices will be the same as then too?



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"I want to spend the money I've got before I die," he said. "You might as well spend it, not leave it to the kids to spend, there will be enough left for them anyway."

So why skimp on it and not do it in his own country or in Ireland instead of helping out the Chinese?
If you want to spend your money before you die then fgs feed some hungry kids, there are enough of them crying right now to make this stupid rich man's toy look like a sick joke imo.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:46 PM

View PostlibstaK, on 28 February 2013 - 02:26 PM, said:

If you want to spend your money before you die then fgs feed some hungry kids, there are enough of them crying right now to make this stupid rich man's toy look like a sick joke imo.

Very very very good point!





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