A DESCENDANT of a first class steward and survivor of the RMS Titanic, Alexander James Littlejohn, has joined the advisory board of Blue Star Line's Titanic II project.

Clive Palmer said Philip Littlejohn is the grandson of Alexander Littlejohn, who survived the 1912 sinking of the Titanic after being ordered to row Lifeboat 13.

"Lifeboat 13 is well known as the lifeboat that contained the youngest survivor, Millvina Dean," he said.

"After the disaster, Mr Littlejohn's grandfather continued to work for the White Star Line on RMS Olympic until the outbreak of World War One in 1914."

Mr Palmer said the Blue Star Line Titanic II advisory board members will consist of descendants of crew and passengers of the original Titanic.

"Members of the advisory board will be tasked with providing suggestions and recommendations to Blue Star Line," he said.

"We are committed to ensuring the Titanic II appropriately and respectfully pays homage to Titanic, her crew and passengers."

Phillip Littlejohn lectures throughout the United Kingdom and abroad, including on the Titanic 100th Anniversary Cruise in 2012. He is also the only Titanic relative to have made the dive to the wreck of the Titanic in 2001 as part of a BBC TV documentary, which dived in the 'Mir' submersible used by James Cameron to make the blockbuster motion picture Titanic.

Titanic II, a full scale version of the original ship, is being designed by the Finnish-based Deltamarin ship design and marine engineering company and will be built by leading Chinese shipbuilders CSC Jinling Shipyard, which since 1996 has built vessels for customers from more than 20 countries.



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