Guy Plans $10B 'Floating City' for the Rich
'Freedom Ship' project is back on
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2013 4:24 PM CST

(Newser) – Imagine living in luxury on the open ocean—permanently. If you're wealthy enough, you may be able to do just that on the Freedom Ship, a $10 billion "floating city" dreamed up by the late engineer Norman Nixon and being brought to life by Roger Gooch. The Florida man says his project, which has been hiatus for a while, is back on since the global economy is doing better; now he just needs to raise the $1 billion he needs from backers to start construction. "The Freedom Ship will be the largest vessel ever built," Gooch says. It will be 25 stories high and one mile long, able to hold 50,000 residents, 20,000 crew members, and as many as 40,000 guests at a time, the New York Daily News reports.

It will also have an airport, shopping centers, hotels, casinos, schools, a library, a hospital, parks, art and entertainment, banks, athletic and recreational facilities, and even aquariums. But it will have to be permanently at sea, since at 2.7 million tons (and four times longer than the Queen Mary II), it will be too big to enter a port. It would circle the globe every two years, the Telegraph reports, anchoring off big cities and ferrying residents ashore via commuter aircraft and hydrofoils. In fact, just 30% of its time will be spent actually in transit. The ship would set off from the US East Coast in June, spend the summer months in Europe and Christmas in Africa, then hit Australia in time for its summer. Then it's up to Asia and back to the US (West Coast this time), around the Americas, and back to its starting point.

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Nov 30, 2013 2:33 PM CST
There is no dry dock in the world that can accommodate a ship one mile long. Eventually this floating monstrosity will require serious repairs. It would take a fleet of tug boats to position this steel "ice berg". That is just two obvious problems, probably a few thousand more serious ones will develop.
Nov 30, 2013 10:19 AM CST
Let's see, 25 stories high and a mile long, I can see how it might have a little trouble in high winds and monstrous swells, not to mention either trying to go through the Panama Canal (which I'm pretty sure would be an impossibility) or around Cape Horn, which is no easy feat for normal ships due to rough seas. There is so much more wrong with this venture than there is right, but if the rich want to go for it, I say let 'em. They can go down with the ship! (At this point I would normally insert a smiley face, but I will restrain myself this time.) :)
Nov 30, 2013 7:34 AM CST
OOOH! That childhood yen to become a pirate is comin' on strong ! YO-HO-HO!, Me hearties!