Shipping company Blue Star Line has announced a new date next year for the London Titanic II event and has also rescheduled five other Titanic II events around the world.
In April, 2012, Professor Clive Palmer, a leading Australian businessman and owner of Blue Star Line, declared to the world his intention to build Titanic II, a full-scale recreation of the world’s most famous cruise liner.
The six Titanic II events were originally scheduled to take place in December, 2012. However, following the devastation caused in New York and along the east coast of the United States by Hurricane Sandy the decision was made to postpone all events until 2013.
Professor Palmer said the London gala dinner will be held at the Natural History Museum on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
The global launch of Titanic II will take place on February 26 in New York while other events will be held on February 16 in Macau, February 25 in Boston, March 1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada as well as the events in England in London and Southampton on March 5.
Professor Palmer said although the RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage in April, 1912, never docked in London, the English capital remains central to the Titanic story.
“It was in London where the plans for Titanic were first drawn up when White Star Line’s Managing Director, Joseph Bruce Ismay, attended a dinner at Lord Pirrie’s Belgrave Square home in 1907.
“Lord Pirrie was chairman of Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast where Titanic was built and he shared Ismay’s vision of building the largest and most luxurious passenger liners in the world.
“White Star Line’s headquarters in Cockspur Street near Trafalgar Square was once a plush booking office for Titanic, but post-disaster it was besieged by concerned relatives desperate for news of their loved ones.
“While looking ahead to the exciting Titanic II project we shall commemorate the past by paying tribute to the courage of the passengers, crew and artisans who contributed so much to the ship of dreams.”
Titanic II is scheduled to set sail from Southampton to New York on her maiden passenger voyage in 2016.