Video: Cordeaux Academy in Louth forges unique link with Titanic II

A Louth school will have a unique connection to the ‘new Titanic’ thanks to an Aby man who descended from the doomed original ship’s owners.

Terry Ismay, the great great great nephew of Joseph Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line, has been granted a place on ambitious Titanic II’s maiden voyage in 2016.

In this rendering provided by Blue Star Line, the Titanic II is shown cruising at sea. The ship, which Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is planning to build in China, is scheduled to sail in 2016. Palmer said his ambitious plans to launch a copy of the Titanic and sail her across the Atlantic would be a tribute to those who built and backed the original. (AP Photo/Blue Star Line)

In this rendering provided by Blue Star Line, the Titanic II is shown cruising at sea. The ship, which Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is planning to build in China, is scheduled to sail in 2016. Palmer said his ambitious plans to launch a copy of the Titanic and sail her across the Atlantic would be a tribute to those who built and backed the original. (AP Photo/Blue Star Line)

He has also created a link for Cordeaux Academy to have exclusive access to the ship’s development, with the possibility of having their own flag on the muilt-million replica being built in China.

The ambitious project is the brainchild of Australian self-made mining billionaire Clive Palmer, owner of the Blue Star Line, and will set sail from Southampton to New York upon completion.

Terry’s two children attend Cordeaux and the academy principal Peter Kubicki described the new link as an ‘amazing’ opportunity.

Watch the video to see some of the assembly at the school where the big news was announced.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Blue Star Line