Go-ahead for the new Titanic

An Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, will today announce he is going ahead with plans to build a full size replica of the Titanic.

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Titanic II: full report from Mike Pearse in New York

Clive Palmer, the Australian billionaire behind plans for a second Titanic, says she will set sail from Southampton to New York at the end of 2016.

He's going ahead with the controversial plan despite some claiming it's poor taste. Titanic 2 - a near replica of the original will be much smaller than today's Transatlantic liners - like the Queen Mary 2.

She'll be 65,000 tonnes, 882 feet long, 9 decks tall and able to carry 3,200 passengers and crew.

In his first British television interview Clive Palmer spoke to our Transport Correspondent at the Titanic 2 launch in New York. Mike also spoke to Philip Littlejohn and Dot Haisman, both relatives of Titanic survivors. Here's his full report.

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Report from New York on Titanic II

The Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has been giving details of Titanic II at a press conference in America. Relatives of the passengers who sailed on the original ship have criticised his plan. They say it's in bad taste.

But enthusiasts are eager to be on board when the new liner leaves Southampton on her maiden voyage - just as the first Titanic did 100 years ago. Our tTansport Correspondent Mike Pearse sends this report from New York.

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Titanic go-ahead confirmed

Billionaire Clive Palmer officially announces go-ahead for Titanic 2 in New York saying "I can pay for it. It will be built and today's history is being made. Other ships are like apartment blocks. This will be different. Some have offered £750,000 to be on the first trip from Southampton ."

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