SYDNEY Nov 9 An Australian mining magnate who
plans to build a replica of the Titanic said on Friday he is
delaying a New York gala to unveil details of the project out of
respect to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Billionaire businessman Clive Palmer had planned to hold a
dinner aboard the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid on Dec.
4, serving guests a menu based on the 11-course meal that was
provided to first class passengers on the Titanic the night it
sank in 1912.
"Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the city's world renowned
New York Marathon last weekend as he didn't want a cloud to hang
over the event in the wake of the hurricane and the damage it
inflicted," Palmer said in an emailed statement.
"New York had a close relationship with the original RMS
Titanic and the shipping company White Star Line and we believe
it is too early to be holding our launch while the city and the
region continues its recovery," he added.
Palmer's Blue Star Line, the company created to finance the
Titanic project, said the dinner and coordinated events in
Boston, London, Southampton and Halifax, Canada, will be
rescheduled for late February 2013.
If the project goes to plan, Titanic II is scheduled make
its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to Manhattan in
Palmer has promised that the ship, to be built by China's
SinoTrans, will be as luxurious as its ill-fated namesake but
will also encompass modern technology, including the latest
navigation and safety systems.
The original Titanic, the largest liner in the world when it
was launched and dubbed "virtually unsinkable," sank en route to
New York after hitting an iceberg in April 1912, killing 1,517
passengers and crew.
(Reporting By Jane Wardell, editing by Elaine Lies)