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'Baby Titanic' restoration complete after 7 years of work

The restoration of the ship they call the baby Titanic is finally complete, after seven years of hard work.

The Nomadic was built to ferry up to 1,000 passengers out to the Titanic - as she was often too big to get into individual ports.

Now the Nomadic been returned to her original state, thanks to a major fundraising campaign and a Heritage Lottery grant. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse spoke to Denis Rooney from the Nomadic Trust in this report.

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Plans for 'Titanic II' move forward

Artists impression of the Titanic II Credit: Blue Star Line

Plans for a second Titanic have today come a major step nearer with the awarding of the first major contract for the new ship.

The Australian businessman behind the controversial scheme, Clive Palmer, has announced one of the leading marine companies in the world, Delatamrin, will manage the design and construction of the vessel.

Some have remained sceptical if the ship would ever be built but the awarding of the contract does indicate she may eventually be built.

Many people in Southampton have criticised the plan as insensitive to those who died on board. 550 came from the city.

But others say it will be a tribute to those who died and 'can't wait' to get on board.The ship is due to sail from Southampton to New York from 2016.


Recorded message for guests

He may not have been there in person, but Clive Palmer still had a message for guests at the launch of plans to build a replica of Titanic.

In a recorded message, he told guests: "Why build Titanic? Because we can. Titanic will bring the ship back to life. It will be a tribute to those who died."

We will complete the journey. The ship will be a ship of peace carrying the hopes and dreams of people everywhere. By learning from the lessons of the past this is our moment. Titanic was the ship of dreams Titanic 2 will be a ship where dreams come true."

– Clive Palmer, on his plans to build a second Titanic

Billionaire misses breakfast launch

The man behind Titanic II failed to turn up to his own launch event in Southampton this morning. Clive Palmer was due at a lavish breakfast to reveal more details about the plan. The billionaire says he will build a replica of the ship and sail it from Southampton I the years time.

160 VIPs including Lawrie McMenemy, the Mayor, Council and business leaders are at the Grand Cafe in the City to hear details of the controversial plan. Reactions are mixed with some enthusiastic about the plan. Other say the ship is in poor taste.

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