Published Monday, 25 July 2011
The ship is the last surviving Star Line vessel in the world and the only remaining link to the RM Titanic.
Launched on the 25 April 1911, Nomadic was built by the same Harland and Wolff workers who built the Titantic and is exactly one quarter of the size of her famous sister ship.
She was the support vessel that carried mainly 2nd class passengers from Cherbourg to Titanic on her doomed maiden voyage.
During her years of service post Titantic, the Nomadic carried famous passengers including Charlie Chaplin and Elizabeth Taylor before becoming a troop ship during the First and Second World Wars and finally a restaurant on the River Seine in Paris.
Now she'll be used to provide a glimpse into Belfast's past.
Chairman of the lottery fund committee in Northern Ireland Ronnie Spence said "The project will provide public access to Hamilton Graving Dock for the first time, enabling visitors to explore the quay as a working 1911 dockside."
Original plans and drawings will be used to bring the vessel back to its former glory, with authentic features retained and reused where possible.
The interior will highlight the hierarchy of travel at that time, with the lower and upper decks which housed the 1st and 2nd class passengers contrasting sharply with the austerity of the 3rd class area.
The lower deck will house a dedicated education and learning space for local schools and community groups and the People's Museum, which will accommodate a programme of events and activities such as lectures, talks and exhibitions.
Nelson McCausland MLA, Minister for Social Development has provisionally set aside a contribution of up to £1m from his department.
"This grant will require a matched funding contribution from my department, which currently has ownership of the Nomadic."
"It is recognised that the project will attract new and additional visitors to Northern Ireland, Belfast and Titanic Quarter in particular by offering a rich visitor attraction." he said.
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