£3m grant to restore Titanic tender ship

Published Monday, 25 July 2011
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The Heritage Lottery Fund is investing £3.25m to help turn SS Nomadic into a learning and interpretive space.

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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mick oceallaigh in gortahork wrote (1,280 days ago):
Can't understand why anyone would want to remember such a failure as the Titanic,IT WAS A DISASTER,nothing to be proud of,you don't see the Germans building museums to remember the Hindenberg or engineers celebrating bridge collapses,the ship was romanticised in the movie but you would think it would be more of an embarrassment to the shipyard when you see how easily it came apart and sank.
Brian in Belfast wrote (1,280 days ago):
There's people starving in Somalia and £3 million is given for work on a pile of scrap.
Steven in Co Antrim wrote (1,280 days ago):
UTV and U105 in news articles today referred to Nomadic as the Titanics sister ship (duh?), this is incorrect. Nomadic was a White Star Line Tender boat that carried people to and from the larger ships of the day (inc the Titanic) where docking was not possible. Still this is great news and it should be a major tourist attraction. I'm looking forward to seeing her restored.
michpost in Newtownabbey wrote (1,281 days ago):
Yet again this 'tourist attraction' is in the news, which is fine. Golfing ability has made worldwide headlines, which, again, can only be good. Now can we deal once and for all with rioting, which, in a minute, destroys the whole image of NI. Can we have new ideas about confronting rioters instead of this dreadfully inadequate response of sitting in landrovers, or standing behind them. Can we at least introduce dye in the water cannon? It matters not how many £millions is spent promoting tourism and restoration projects; we have to clinically and surgerically remove the cancer of rioting from our society.
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