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Still, the new Titanic has fired imaginations around the world.

“I think what this really speaks to, is the fact that the Titanic still inspires. … Even though the ship left, in sinking, we haven’t been able to leave it,” said James Delgado, a maritime historian at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Nowhere will the resurrection of the Titanic be watched more closely than Ireland, where the original ship was born in the Belfast shipyard.

Titanic was built in Belfast, fitted out in Belfast, and began its journey from Belfast to Southampton in 1912. As the authentic home of Titanic, it would be natural to expect Titanic II to dock in Belfast,” said Alex McGreevy, spokesman for the Titanic Belfast Limited, a Titanic-themed museum and one of the city’s popular attractions.

“We will be watching with interest the decision by Mr. Palmer to recreate a modern version of the finest ship of its time.”

Mr. McGreevy warned that the story of the Titanic, however, is about more than engineering marvels and blockbuster movies. It’s also the very real and tragic tale of more than 1,500 lives lost.

Titanic’s story can also be a great divider of opinion, and the attempt to build a ship of its like and use ‘Titanic‘ in its naming, would certainly create debate,” he said.

“While there are many great reasons to be proud of our shipbuilding heritage, Titanic Belfast is, utmostly, respectful and mindful of the loss of life on RMS Titanic.”