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Businessmen buy Titanic blueprints

Don Fenwick and David Stringer, photographed at Chinderah Bay Antiques Museum, have bought blueprints for the new Titanic ship from Clive Palmer. They were purchased at an auction that raised close to $20,000 for the Greenmount Surf Life Saving Club.
Don Fenwick and David Stringer, photographed at Chinderah Bay Antiques Museum, have bought blueprints for the new Titanic ship from Clive Palmer. They were purchased at an auction that raised close to $20,000 for the Greenmount Surf Life Saving Club.

WHILE Clive Palmer's Titanic II might be built in China and cruise in the Atlantic Ocean, the blueprints will be safely stored in the Tweed.

Two Tweed businessmen purchased the blueprints at a fundraising auction at the Greenmount Surf Life Saving Club earlier this month that raised close to $20,000 for the club's renovations.

>> View an overview blueprint of the Titanic II (courtesy: abratis.de)

Real Estate principal David Stringer of DJ Stringer and Don Fenwick, principal of HQF Lawyers, bought the blueprints.

Mr Stringer said he had no plans to buy the blueprints before the auction.

"It was one out of the hat," Mr Stringer said.

"We just thought it was a good investment. They will be signed and numbered one of one."

Mr Stringer said the plans would be copied for display but the originals would be kept in storage.

"I've never bought anything like this ... maybe a bit of sports memorabilia," he said. Mr Stringer said the blueprints would have international significance.

"It (Titanic) is a story that everyone knows. I think the film of the event was one of the highest-grossing films ever," he said.

Mr Palmer made headlines around the world earlier this year when he announced plans to build an exact replica of the ship and retrace the route of the original Titanic that sank in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg. A Chinese company is building Titanic II and it is expected to be launched in 2016.

Topics:  blueprints, clive palmer, titanic ii, tweed


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