The captain of the Titanic II barely managed to escape as the presciently named 16-foot cabin cruiser sank into the sea off Dorset, England on Sunday.
The vessel, which Mark Wilkinson bought secondhand for roughly $1,600, sprung a leak shortly after beginning its maiden voyage and sank rapidly, leaving him clinging to its bow rail.
Fortunately for Mr. Wilkinson, the West Bay harbormaster was at hand to throw him a life preserver. Unfortunately for Mr. Wilkinson, a tourist was on hand to take unflattering pictures.
“It’s all a bit embarrassing,” Mr Wilkinson told the British tabloid The Sun. “I’m fed up with people asking me if I hit an iceberg.”
The RMS Titanic went down 99 years ago, killing 1,517, and has since been synonymous with tourist disaster. Fortunately Mr. Wilkinson’s pride was the only casualty the second time around.
This is why you don’t name you boat the Titanic II.
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