June 9, 2011 -- After Mark Wilkinson of Birmingham, England, took ownership of a 16-foot cabin cruiser he re-named the vessel Titanic II.
Fittingly, the re-christened secondhand vessel sank on its maiden voyage after springing a leak in its fiberglass hull just outside West Bay harbor in Dorset, on the south coast of England.
Wilkinson was photographed clinging to the railing of the boat and later rescued. “If it wasn’t for the harbor master, I would have gone down with the Titanic,” he said afterwards in an interview with The Telegraph.
“It’s all a bit embarrassing and I’m pretty fed up with people asking me if I hit an iceberg,” he continued.
“It wasn’t a very big boat. I think an ice cube could have sunk it,” quipped one eyewitness.