From the Mission to Seafarers
The Mission to Seafarers global maritime welfare charity is pleased to announce that we have been commissioned to write and deliver a prayer of remembrance and to give a blessing to the future crew, passengers and engineers who will sail on the replica cruise ship Titanic II.
Blue Star Line of Australia, led by billionaire business tycoon Professor Clive Palmer, have designed the new ship which will be built in China. It is an almost exact replica of the historic passenger liner Titanic. All new modern safety features will be included in the Titanic II design and lifeboat requirements will meet strict international standards.
Professor Palmer said: “All of us stand in awe of the courage of people who stood on the deck as the ship went down and sang hymns, which reminds us of their faith in God and what it meant; and we need to have faith again I think, in what we can do in our lives.”
Director of chaplaincy for The Mission to Seafarers, The Rev Canon Huw Mosford who wrote the prayer told us: “We are proud to contribute to the Titanic II project and to work with Blue Star Line; together we ask for a blessing for all those who will travel on and work aboard the new ship which will set sail from Southampton to New York on her maiden voyage in 2016.”
This new project has captured the imagination of many around the world, and is set to be an impressive feat of modern ship building and an authentic Edwardian-style cruise experience.
Blue Star Line will be hosting a global series of gala launch dinner and breakfast events for the Titanic II project in Macau, New York, Halifax, London and Southampton, where The Mission to Seafarers’ prayer will be said. The London event takes place at the Natural History Museum on Saturday 2 March 2013.
The Mission to Seafarers’ Prayer for Titanic II
by The Revd Canon Huw Mosford
Director of chaplaincy
From Psalms 139:9
Dear Lord we give you our thanks
For all the engineers, passengers and crew
Who plan to build and sail the prestigious ship
May her journey be calm and her course be true.
Lord in your wisdom, let us not forgot
All seamen and women,
All rich and poor travellers,
All nations who have sorrowed,
For those in the cold grave of the ocean stowed.
‘If I take the wings of the morning
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea
Even there shall your hand lead me;
And your right hand shall hold me.’