Titanic expert to join team building replica

Daily Echo: Philip Littlejohn pictured in a replica Titanic cabin. Philip Littlejohn pictured in a replica Titanic cabin.

A DESCENDANT of a Titanic survivor has joined the team aiming to build the doomed liner’s successor.

Philip Littlejohn, whose grandfather Alexander Littlejohn was a first class steward on board the ship, has joined the Titanic II’s advisory board.

An expert on the vessel, who has toured the UK and abroad lecturing about the Titanic, he will lend his voice to plans to build the new vessel.

Construction work is expected to start next year, with Australian billionaire Professor Clive Palmer hopeful the Titanic II will set sail from Southampton in 2016.

The new vessel, which will be built in a shipyard in China, will be an exact replica of the original Titanic, which sunk on its maiden voyage in 1912, having hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

More than 1,500 people – 550 of whom were from Southampton – perished in the disaster.

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10:55am Sat 28 Dec 13

dango says...

"More than 1,500 people – 550 of whom were from Southampton – perished in the disaster".

Even back in 1912, people were trying to flee the shithole that is Southampton ;)
"More than 1,500 people – 550 of whom were from Southampton – perished in the disaster". Even back in 1912, people were trying to flee the shithole that is Southampton ;) dango

12:26pm Sat 28 Dec 13

eurogordi says...

A grandson of a first class steward on the original Titanic is an expert on its design? I'm not sure how that adds up other than the fact that Mr Littlejohn has researched his family connection and that of the ill fated vessel in the way that anyone could if they wanted to.

As for my own connection, a member of my family was employed by Harland & Wolff in Belfast. In fact, he was more than just a fitter, as he was an engineer involved in the design and eventually rose to become the chairman of Harland & Wolff.

Now I'm not claiming to be a Titanic expert, but surely the family of a design engineer involved in its construction should be part of this project more than the descendant of a crew member?

Not that I'm offering to do so because I'm not sure there should actually be a Titanic II ...
A grandson of a first class steward on the original Titanic is an expert on its design? I'm not sure how that adds up other than the fact that Mr Littlejohn has researched his family connection and that of the ill fated vessel in the way that anyone could if they wanted to. As for my own connection, a member of my family was employed by Harland & Wolff in Belfast. In fact, he was more than just a fitter, as he was an engineer involved in the design and eventually rose to become the chairman of Harland & Wolff. Now I'm not claiming to be a Titanic expert, but surely the family of a design engineer involved in its construction should be part of this project more than the descendant of a crew member? Not that I'm offering to do so because I'm not sure there should actually be a Titanic II ... eurogordi

1:30pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Pettle says...

Lets look at this another way. If the fat Aussie who is running this caper was a British guy, and it was run from Britain, but cashing in on a Australian disaster which killed 1000s of people, and he intends to run it from the original Australian city in which many of it's folk were lost. Not only that, even though Australia does have a great maritime heritage, lets say that's swapped around and it's Britain's heritage, with her shipbuilding ability, naval power, merchant fleet etc (although Australia's heritage is/was connected to Britain's for a long time).

So a British guy wants to cash in on an Australian disaster, and to sail from the original Australian port, largely making money from the original source. Not only that, due to PU (made up Pacific Union who's headquarters are in Indonesia) illegal rules and Australia's own weak and conniving politicians, Australia's shipbuilding industry cannot get back to a respectable level even though all the old bolshie workforce of the 60s and 70s is dissappearing and new more dynamic blood is waiting to be tapped into with a highly viable competitive industry that this PU does not want to get involved again because other member Countries (though just reffered to as mere states) are scared of seeing Australia getting back into meaningful realistic commercial shipbuilding again.

So with that background, Australia even has the insult of seeing this Titanic 2 built in China, a communist iffy country that has no respect for Australia.

To add insult to injury, a Shipyard faces closure in the same state of Australia as the home port for the projected Titanic 2, because the 4 proposed tankers that should of been built up north and in another Australian state had to be given to a foreign firm to build, even though it's Australian taxpayer funded, but due to PU rules..., thus giving this smaller southern firm the 3 OPV's (instead of the big shipyard in the other Australian state) and letting take on it's own dynamic route to break away from it's non shipbuilding owner, lets say, BAE Australia. Now the saving of the shipyard in another Australian state situation is even being used as a tool the defence of the Union of Australia by low life politicians who have caused most of this mess, and sadly, this once proud great Country is facing an unnecessary breakup nightmare, which gives this PU wet dreams.

The same British people who see this as ok to happen to Britain, would find it sick if this was targetted against Australia being carried out by a British person, and rightly so. How would Aussies feel, I don't think they would be over the moon about it.

This whole thing is shameful. But this story above is all actually happening to Britain, and this Titanic 2 p*** take is yet another example.

How do you feel?
Lets look at this another way. If the fat Aussie who is running this caper was a British guy, and it was run from Britain, but cashing in on a Australian disaster which killed 1000s of people, and he intends to run it from the original Australian city in which many of it's folk were lost. Not only that, even though Australia does have a great maritime heritage, lets say that's swapped around and it's Britain's heritage, with her shipbuilding ability, naval power, merchant fleet etc (although Australia's heritage is/was connected to Britain's for a long time). So a British guy wants to cash in on an Australian disaster, and to sail from the original Australian port, largely making money from the original source. Not only that, due to PU (made up Pacific Union who's headquarters are in Indonesia) illegal rules and Australia's own weak and conniving politicians, Australia's shipbuilding industry cannot get back to a respectable level even though all the old bolshie workforce of the 60s and 70s is dissappearing and new more dynamic blood is waiting to be tapped into with a highly viable competitive industry that this PU does not want to get involved again because other member Countries (though just reffered to as mere states) are scared of seeing Australia getting back into meaningful realistic commercial shipbuilding again. So with that background, Australia even has the insult of seeing this Titanic 2 built in China, a communist iffy country that has no respect for Australia. To add insult to injury, a Shipyard faces closure in the same state of Australia as the home port for the projected Titanic 2, because the 4 proposed tankers that should of been built up north and in another Australian state had to be given to a foreign firm to build, even though it's Australian taxpayer funded, but due to PU rules..., thus giving this smaller southern firm the 3 OPV's (instead of the big shipyard in the other Australian state) and letting take on it's own dynamic route to break away from it's non shipbuilding owner, lets say, BAE Australia. Now the saving of the shipyard in another Australian state situation is even being used as a tool the defence of the Union of Australia by low life politicians who have caused most of this mess, and sadly, this once proud great Country is facing an unnecessary breakup nightmare, which gives this PU wet dreams. The same British people who see this as ok to happen to Britain, would find it sick if this was targetted against Australia being carried out by a British person, and rightly so. How would Aussies feel, I don't think they would be over the moon about it. This whole thing is shameful. But this story above is all actually happening to Britain, and this Titanic 2 p*** take is yet another example. How do you feel? Pettle

7:08pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Darron Poyndexter says...

ALL OF YOU NEED TO JUST KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT FOR ONCE AND OPEN UP TO THE IDEA OF CHANGE OF A NEW ERA AND NEW BEGINNING'S!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!

You all who speak ill of the prospect of having Titanic II built to begin with are nothing but small minded narrow people who cant get past the fact of change. For once in your life drop your egos and your worthless vanity and open up to the idea of a new beginning for tis amazing ship as I heard from one good friend of mine "Where there is Death, Also Comes Rebirth."

I applaud Clive Palmer for taking on a project such as this and stand by him 100% and demean the haters that continue to bash this rebuilding of Titanic just because they have nothing else better to do with their lives but to bash others just because they cnat accept change nor do they have any dreams of their own that measure to this.
ALL OF YOU NEED TO JUST KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT FOR ONCE AND OPEN UP TO THE IDEA OF CHANGE OF A NEW ERA AND NEW BEGINNING'S!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! You all who speak ill of the prospect of having Titanic II built to begin with are nothing but small minded narrow people who cant get past the fact of change. For once in your life drop your egos and your worthless vanity and open up to the idea of a new beginning for tis amazing ship as I heard from one good friend of mine "Where there is Death, Also Comes Rebirth." I applaud Clive Palmer for taking on a project such as this and stand by him 100% and demean the haters that continue to bash this rebuilding of Titanic just because they have nothing else better to do with their lives but to bash others just because they cnat accept change nor do they have any dreams of their own that measure to this. Darron Poyndexter

8:37am Mon 30 Dec 13

Pettle says...

Darron Poyndexter says...

ALL OF YOU NEED TO JUST KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT FOR ONCE AND OPEN UP TO THE IDEA OF CHANGE OF A NEW ERA AND NEW BEGINNING'S!!!!!!!!!


You fool.
Darron Poyndexter says... ALL OF YOU NEED TO JUST KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT FOR ONCE AND OPEN UP TO THE IDEA OF CHANGE OF A NEW ERA AND NEW BEGINNING'S!!!!!!!!! You fool. Pettle

10:42am Mon 13 Jan 14

Jesus_02 says...

eurogordi wrote:
A grandson of a first class steward on the original Titanic is an expert on its design? I'm not sure how that adds up other than the fact that Mr Littlejohn has researched his family connection and that of the ill fated vessel in the way that anyone could if they wanted to. As for my own connection, a member of my family was employed by Harland & Wolff in Belfast. In fact, he was more than just a fitter, as he was an engineer involved in the design and eventually rose to become the chairman of Harland & Wolff. Now I'm not claiming to be a Titanic expert, but surely the family of a design engineer involved in its construction should be part of this project more than the descendant of a crew member? Not that I'm offering to do so because I'm not sure there should actually be a Titanic II ...
Somehow I don’t think that he has been hired solely because his grandfather was a survivor... maybe that sparked his interest?
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: A grandson of a first class steward on the original Titanic is an expert on its design? I'm not sure how that adds up other than the fact that Mr Littlejohn has researched his family connection and that of the ill fated vessel in the way that anyone could if they wanted to. As for my own connection, a member of my family was employed by Harland & Wolff in Belfast. In fact, he was more than just a fitter, as he was an engineer involved in the design and eventually rose to become the chairman of Harland & Wolff. Now I'm not claiming to be a Titanic expert, but surely the family of a design engineer involved in its construction should be part of this project more than the descendant of a crew member? Not that I'm offering to do so because I'm not sure there should actually be a Titanic II ...[/p][/quote]Somehow I don’t think that he has been hired solely because his grandfather was a survivor... maybe that sparked his interest? Jesus_02

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