PHOTOS, VIDEO: Inside the new Titanic – The lavish £300million replica

Titanic, the ‘ship of dreams’, sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic ocean in 1912, more than 100 years ago.

But now she could sail again, thanks to a £300 million project by Australian billionaire Clive Palmer to build a fully functioning replica.

His company Blue Star Line plans to launch Titanic II, physically identical except with the addition of modern safety and navigational features.

Just like the original, the 270-metre-long, 53-metre-high Titanic II will offer first, second and third-class tickets.

This is what the second ship will look like if it goes ahead, compared with archive photographs from Titanic itself.

The grand staircase (Then)

The grand staircase (Then)

The grand staircase (Now)

The grand staircase (Now)

The first class smoking room (Then)

The first class smoking room (Then)

The first class smoking room (Now)

The first class smoking room (Now)

Café Parisien, one of the original Titanic's dining options for wealthier passengers (Then)

Café Parisien, one of the original Titanic’s dining options for wealthier passengers (Then)

Café Parisien, one of the original Titanic's dining options for wealthier passengers (Now)

Café Parisien, one of the original Titanic’s dining options for wealthier passengers (Now)

Titanic's 6ft deep pool (left) was filled with salt water (Now)

Titanic’s 6ft deep pool (left) was filled with salt water (Now)

Titanic's 6ft deep pool (left) was filled with salt water (Then)

Titanic’s 6ft deep pool (left) was filled with salt water (Then)

The original Titanic was the largest ship in the world (Then)

The original Titanic was the largest ship in the world (Then)

Some of the world's wealthiest people stayed in first class staterooms (Now)

Some of the world’s wealthiest people stayed in first class staterooms (Now)

Some of the world's wealthiest people stayed in first class staterooms (Then)

Some of the world’s wealthiest people stayed in first class staterooms (Then)

Titanic II

Titanic II

Blue Star Line, owned by Australian businessman Clive Palmer, will stick to the original detail of the Titanic (pictured: Turkish bath)

Blue Star Line, owned by Australian businessman Clive Palmer, will stick to the original detail of the Titanic (pictured: Turkish bath)

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Like the original, first class cabins on board Titanic II will feature beds with curtains, wood panelling and his and hers sinks

Like the original, first class cabins on board Titanic II will feature beds with curtains, wood panelling and his and hers sinks

First class passengers on board the Titanic sailed in the lap of luxury and had access to electric lifts with attendants and sofas

First class passengers on board the Titanic sailed in the lap of luxury and had access to electric lifts with attendants and sofas

While many of today's hulking cruise ships boast multiple swimming pools and slides, Titanic II would offer just one indoor pool

While many of today’s hulking cruise ships boast multiple swimming pools and slides, Titanic II would offer just one indoor pool

The bridge on Titanic II will be designed according to modern regulations and feature state-of-the-art technology

The bridge on Titanic II will be designed according to modern regulations and feature state-of-the-art technology

Passengers who book a ticket in third class will eat their meals in a communal-style setting with long tables that can seat about a dozen

Passengers who book a ticket in third class will eat their meals in a communal-style setting with long tables that can seat about a dozen

Second class cabins featured bunk beds and wardrobes with washing facilities, and could accommodate up to four passengers each

Second class cabins featured bunk beds and wardrobes with washing facilities, and could accommodate up to four passengers each

The Titanic, and in particular its grand staircase, has a place in pop culture thanks to the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet Exhibition recreating ill-fated Titanic comes to Australia Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%00:00 Play Mute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 1:08 Fullscreen Need Text

The Titanic, and in particular its grand staircase, has a place in pop culture thanks to the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
Exhibition recreating ill-fated Titanic comes to Australia

If Titanic II sets sail, its maiden voyage in 2018 will be from Jiangsu in eastern China to Dubai, instead of Southampton to New York,

It will have space for 2,435 passengers and 900 crew (just slightly more than Titanic itself) with increased lifeboat capacity.

The original Titanic infamously sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 following a collision with an iceberg in the North Atlantic. More than 1,500 passengers and crew died.

Photos by Blue Star Line
-Metro

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