Titanic II: in pictures

By MSN UK News Erik Pendzich/Rex/Rex Features
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Designs unveiled for proposed successor to doomed luxury liner

An Australian billionaire has unveiled blueprints for a new version of the Titanic. Clive Palmer has said that the ship could set sail in late 2016, and that 40,000 people had expressed interest in tickets for the maiden voyage. This picture shows an artist's impression of the exterior of Titanic II.

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The grand staircase

Joining Mr Palmer at the launch was Helen Benziger, the great granddaughter of Titanic survivor Margaret "Molly" Brown. Ms Benziger, who agreed to serve on the advisory board for the Titanic II, said her great grandmother, who died in 1932, would have loved to see the Titanic rebuilt and complete the journey it never got to finish.

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The ship's extravagant Turkish bath

The original Titanic was the world's largest and most luxurious ocean liner. It hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank on 15 April 1912. Only 700 people of the more than 2,200 on board survived.

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The third-class dining room

A representative of the Finnish designer of the Titanic II has said it will be the "safest cruise ship in the world".

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The Titanic II swimming pool

Clive Palmer, the billionaire behind the new ship, played down safety concerns, saying: "One of the benefits of global warming is there hasn't been as many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days".

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The on-board gymnasium

The blueprints for the new ship were unveiled at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. Work is due to start soon in China.

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Blueprints of Titanic II, compared with its predecessor

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Titanic II pictured sailing into New York