Titanic restoration for SS Nomadic

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The Nomadic Preservation Society is calling for financial assistance in the restoration of the SS Nomadic, most famously known for ferrying people out to the Titanic on its one and only voyage.

Built in 1911 alongside the Titanic at Harland & Wolff in Belfast, the SS Nomadic transported 147 passengers, including renowned names such as Molly Brown and Benjamin Guggenheim to the Titanic on its famous departure, but this formed only the start to her momentous history.

The vessel also served the British Government as a troopship during the First World War, and carried hundreds of French troops across the channel at the fall of France in World War Two.

After a rewarding 50 years as a tender vessel, with a resume that also includes the transportation of passengers to the Queen Mary in the 1960’s and conversion into a floating restaurant opposite the Eiffel Tower, she was impounded by French authorities and offered for scrap sale.

A new lease of life was, however, granted to the Nomadic when an internet campaign led to the establishment of the Nomadic Preservation Society. Raising over £40,000 in funds, and supplemented by a £100,000 grant from Department of Strategic Development in Northern Island, the vessel was saved from her doom and taken for restoration in Belfast.

Lack of finance has since impeded the renovation of this physically deteriorating yet historically significant vessel, but the Society hopes funding can be obtained via sponsors and benefactors, prolonging the Nomadic’s venerable and illustrious career.