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Step inside Titanic II as replica of iconic ship prepares to set sail in 2018

Amazing images show how similar the modern version looks to the original Titanic

Take a look around ‘Titanic II’, a replica of the doomed liner which sank on her maiden voyage more than 100 years ago.

These pictures reveal just how closely the new model, due to set sail in 2018, is to the original RMS Titanic.

The ship is the brainchild of wealthy Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer and his company Blue Star Line. It is a replica of the doomed liner, with Turkish baths, an Edwardian gym, smoking room and the familiar grand staircase featured in the 1997 film starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

But there will be modern aspects too, including a helipad and 21st century safety features, plus enough lifeboats for everyone on board.

Titanic II will be similar in length, height and weight, but will be 13ft wider than the Titanic. Like the original vessel, passengers will be able be able to travel in first, second and third class. It will have nine floors and 840 cabins, to accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew.

More than 1,500 people died when the Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912.

Watch: First pictures and video of Titanic 2 ahead of 2018 maiden launch

The ship was was registered to the White Star Line, whose head offices were then in Liverpool.

So although she set sail from Southampton, it was Liverpool's name that was proudly inscribed on her stern.

One of the heroes of the tragedy was fifth officer Harold Lowe, whose father worked for Chester-based jewellers Lowe and Sons.

Harold had the chance to enter his father's profession but instead ran away to sea and is remembered for rescuing a number of passengers as the Titanic sank.

Titanic II’s maiden voyage will be from Eastern China to Dubai.

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