Blue Star Line Chairman, Professor Clive Palmer, has announced the appointment of Steve Hall, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Titanic’s exterior and general working arrangements, as Design Consultant and Historian for the Titanic II project.
Mr Hall is the co-author of Titanic The Ship Magnificent and Titanic in Photographs which are internationally acclaimed.
Mr Hall is a recognised authority on the technical aspects of the original ship’s construction and is a renowned visual historian, having studied and researched the Titanic and photographic records for more than three decades.
The work carried out by Mr Hall will ensure Titanic II looks as it should, as a modern replica of the original vessel in all her grandeur.
Professor Palmer said Blue Star Line continues to be overwhelmed with the national and international response to the Titanic II project.
“This magnificent vessel is being constructed in memory of the heroic people who worked and sailed on the original ship,” Prof Palmer said.
“We also want to recognise the artists and artisans whose skill, creativity and dexterity has never been fully recognised because of the ship’s limited service.
“This is why we have brought Mr Hall on board, his extensive knowledge of Titanic’s construction and finer detail is highly respected the world over.”
Professor Palmer announced to the world on April 30, 2012, his intention to build and launch Titanic II in conjunction with leading Chinese shipbuilders, CSC Jinling Shipyard. Professor Palmer has since announced the appointment of Finnish-based Deltamarin to undertake a full review of the Titanic II project and has also released the preliminary plans for Titanic II.
Professor Palmer said the project remains scheduled for a 2016 launch date, when Titanic II will sail from China to England before her maiden passenger voyage retraces the original journey.
“It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems,” Professor Palmer said.
“Titanic II will be the ultimate in comfort and luxury with on-board gymnasiums and swimming pools, libraries, high class restaurants and luxury cabins.”