Nomadic no more..

So much for the extended Newsline edition on Monday featuring live coverage of the SS Nomadic returning to Belfast docks.. The BBC report that it’s already arrived! Better photos and coverage here. The former White Star Line ship (they sold her in 1927) which we bought the Department of Social Development bought on our behalf [without telling us – Ed] for €250,001 at an auction in Paris in January is to stay at the docks until Monday when it will go on show near the Odyssey Centre for a few days before moving to a dry dock at Harland and Wolff.. go and see how much work has to be done. It’s been estimated that the restoration will cost £7million and according to the minister responsible, David Hanson, the charitable trust to co-ordinate the fund-raising will be in place by September.. I’d like to see frequent updates on how the fundraising’s going. [some chance – Ed]

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  • slug

    I gave £50 to the Save Nomadic group, who run the Savenomadic website, to help with the purchase and restoration of the ship. I think its a great idea to restore a vessel from that era, so closely associated with Titanic.

  • slug

    It’s great to see those photos of Nomadic back home at Harland and Wolff, on savenomadic.com

  • Pete Baker

    There are two separate links to the savenomadic crowd in the original post, slug ;o)

  • slug

    I know Pete, I wasn’t complaining.

  • Pete Baker

    I wasn’t sure that you’d spotted them.. what with the repeated mentions ;o)

  • Mr Astor

    How galling for the combined sectarian lack of might of SF councillors and the ATN who churlishly failed to stop this happy day.

  • Mr Astor:

    they were still “up in arms” about the 2 days enforced holiday.

  • slug

    OK, OK, can we refrain from these cheap digs at Sinn Fein.

  • jim

    what a waste of money.

    Would it not have been cheaper to build a fibre glass iceberg ??

  • Pete Baker

    jim.. you never know, we might still get one of them too..

  • jim

    maybe you’re right Pete

    Nothing would surprise me, maybe we could paint a couple of George Best murals on it.

    Goodnight

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Anyone know if Harland and Wolff is doing the refurbishment?

  • slug

    Gonzo – yes, they will be.

  • May it rust in peace.