Obviously, this story caught my eye for the hubris and irony. But this quote from the owner of the doomed craft warranted comment:
“It’s all a bit embarrassing and I got pretty fed up with people asking me if I had hit an iceberg,” Wilkinson said.
Mr. Wilkinson, you named your boat Titanic II. You were knowingly tempting fate, not to mention looking a bit silly by giving that name to a 16-foot craft. If you didn’t mean to invite comparison, you should have named it something different. Then, the boat sank. On her maiden voyage!!! You got out safely. That’s good. But what did you think people were going to ask you? If you can’t take the teasing that you have deliberately brought on yourself, choose a different name.
By the way, since you were found clinging to harbor pilings, does this mean that you didn’t have enough life boats?