Swedish firm updating interior of Titanic II

Aug. 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

HOGANAS, Sweden, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The Swedish team hired to design the interior of a full-scale replica of the Titanic said the inside of the ship will be updated for modern times.

Tillberg Design, the Hoganas firm hired by Australian billionaire Clive Palmer to design the interior of his Titanic II, said the inside of the ship will not conform to the original's design as closely as the exterior, Swedish news agency TT/The Local.se reported Monday.

"The beds will be bigger because people today are bigger than they were 100 years ago," Fredrik Johansson of Tillberg Design said in an interview with the Sydsvenskan newspaper.

"On the Titanic, 20 people shared a bathroom and the plan is to make the new ship as similar as possible to the original. But we're preparing the cabins for toilets and showers by drawing in extra large wardrobes for all the piping," he said.

Palmer said the ship will be built in China and will then sail to Southampton, England, where it will officially launch in 2016 with a maiden voyage to New York -- the same path followed by its ill-fated predecessor in 1912.

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