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)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

03 June 2013
SS Nomadic Opens In Belfast
The SS Nomadic has been opened in Belfast's Hamilton Dock, making it Northern Ireland's newest maritime visitor attraction. Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland and Environment Minister Arlene Foster, alongside Denis Rooney of the SS Nomadic Charitable Trust, performed the official duties at at the opening ceremony on Friday.
09 April 2015
Titanic Foundation Takes Ownership Of SS Nomadic
Titanic Foundation has taken on ownership of the SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world. SS Nomadic will be operated by Titanic Belfast Limited, Titanic Belfast's commercial operator, who will align their 5 star visitor attraction experience to Titanic's little sister.
27 September 2010
Titanic Boost For Restoration Bid
There's news today of a 'Titanic' fillip for the restoration of the last surviving sea-going link to the ill-fated ocean liner, Belfast-built Titanic. More than £2 million in lottery funding has been earmarked for the overhaul of the ship's tender, which ferried passengers from Cherbourg to the Titanic before its fateful voyage in 1912.
04 July 2006
SS Nomadic to return to Belfast Harbour
Social Development Minister, David Hanson, today announced that the SS Nomadic is to return to Belfast on July 17 2006. The Nomadic, which was built in the city in 1911, is one of the last remaining vessels in the White Star line.
01 February 2011
Nomadic Contract To Renew Titanic Link
A century-long link between the SS Nomadic and Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard is about to be rekindled.