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'Titanic II' cabin cruiser sinks on first voyage (no, seriously)

Shouldn’t there just be a rule against buying boats with the word ‘Titanic’ in the title?

The original Titanic, in case you weren't aware, also sank on its first voyage.
The original Titanic, in case you weren't aware, also sank on its first voyage.
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A BRITISH SAILOR has had a narrow escape after being rescued from the sea when his boat – ironically called ‘Titanic II’ – sank on its first outing.

Mark Wilkinson, from Birmingham, ran into difficulty as he tried to bring his 16-foot cabin cruiser back from its first journey at the West Bay harbour in Dorset last week.

The boat began to take on water as he returned from a fishing trip, and attempts to pump the water out of the boat were unsuccessful – resulting in Wilkinson having to abandon the boat as it sank, stern first.

The harbour master later said the £1,000 vessel had a hole in the hull about six inches square, which had been badly repaired by the previous owner who sold it to the sorry Wilkinson.

“It’s all a bit embarrassing and I got pretty fed up with people asking me if I had hit an iceberg,” Wilkinson told a local paper.

AFP quotes another onlooker as saying: “It wasn’t a very big boat – I think an ice-cube could have sunk it!”

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