31/10/2007

Nomadic Goes Walkabout

The world’s last remaining physical link to the ill-fated, Belfast made Titanic, the SS Nomadic - which ferried passengers to the Titanic - is to leave its berth close to Belfast city centre, but only for a while.

The tender will be removed today from Queen's Quay to Barnett's Dock for maintenance ahead of her planned move to dry dock before the end of the year.

Nomadic is already a familiar sight since opening to the public at Easter and has attracted more than 18,000 visitors.

It will close for restoration work this winter but will re-open as a visitor attraction next year.

The boat, built in 1911, was in storage in Le Havre, France, before it was purchased by the Government.

It saw out the end of the last century as a floating restaurant beside the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

A charitable trust was set up to oversee and raise funds for the restoration of the Nomadic, and it is hoped the vessel will become a major tourist attraction.

(BMcC)

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