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.
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.
“There was a big thing at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool last year which was the first time the Ismay family had had anything to do with the Titanic since the White Star Line had sold it,” said Terry.
“I was then contacted by Blue Star Line and was asked to be involved with the building of the replica and was delighted to ask the school to get involved as well.
“The school will have regular updates on how and where the construction is happening, it’s a massive project.”
Titanic II, dubbed ‘The return of the legend’, will be based entirely on the ill-fated original which sunk on April 15, 1912, claiming 1,502 lives.
Joseph Ismay, Terry’s ancestor, was the highest-ranking White Star Line official among the 705 survivors on that fateful spring night.
But the Titanic will be recreated by iron magnate Clive Palmer, with the great and the good reportedly already clamouring for a cabin on the new ship’s maiden voyage.
“This is not a fantasy, this is not a movie. This is going to happen,” he told the media when he officially announced the project in March.
When she reaches New York, the Titanic II will circumnavigate the globe, calling at major ports throughout the world to allow the public to see it in all its glory.
“What a wonderful thing to look forward to. There’s history, design, an amazing array of learning, and to have that connection with Cordeaux is totally unique,” said Cordeaux principal Peter Kubicki.
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