See the rusty boat.. live!

As previously noted here, BBC NI Newsline programme will be covering the official arrival of the SS Nomadic at Belfast docks live and they’re thoughtfully providing a live video stream of the event via the interweb, starting at 6.00pm 6.30pm local time.[that’s 1700GMT 1730GMT for anyone else – Ed] Updated That’s 6.30pm not 6pm as reported by the BBC here More On that delay. My bad.

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  • Pete Baker

    *looks at clock*

    Hmmm..

    *tap tap*

    Is this thing on?

  • Get a look at it now, because next time you see it, it’ll be being dismantled and sold as scrap.

    Mark my words. There is no way on Gods earth that that thing will ever be fully restored.

    I want my taxes back.

    Between the government spending money on scraps of metal and scraps about loyalism is it any wonder people try their best to avoid paying tax.

  • peter fallow

    What a mean-minded view of what could be a great tourist attraction. The sectarian attitudes provoked by this are appalling! The Government has pumped vast sums into all things Irish. As soon as it throws a few hundred grand (chicken feed in terms of what nationalists have demanded and got) at an important link with our maritime heritage, nationalists cry foul. As if a boat could be unionist or Protestant! I despair.
    Happily private enterprise will ensure the boat is restored as the centrepiece of a vibrant new sector for everyone.

  • Pete Baker

    “The sectarian attitudes provoked by this are appalling!”

    I’m appalled that you seem to think the comments made here, prior to yours, are sectarian.

  • Its got feck all to do with sectarianism Fallow.

    If the government want to pump money into “all things Irish” more fool them.

    According to your statement there are now such things as unionist/british boats and nationalist/irish boats.

    Are you wise in the head to even contemplate that this is a debate about green and orange?

    You’re narrow and shallow Mr Fallow.

    It’s to do with the stupidity. I can see the tourism posters now: “Come to Belfast, the birthplace of the titanic and see a boat which isn’t the titanic but ferried people to the titanic.”

    May the boat just rust in peace.

  • derek de kont

    I saw one of the guys involved on the lunchtime BBC NI news saying that it could become one of the greatest tourist attractions in the world.

    Leaning tower of pisa, no.
    Eiffel tower, rubbish.
    Dogon rock art of Mali, bah.
    The pyramids, ballix.
    Seeing the aurora borealis from Alaska, yawn.

    I know lets all go and see a barge in Belfast.
    While were there we could get assaluted or robbed!

    wise the head lol.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Fallow: “The Government has pumped vast sums into all things Irish. As soon as it throws a few hundred grand (chicken feed in terms of what nationalists have demanded and got) at an important link with our maritime heritage, nationalists cry foul. As if a boat could be unionist or Protestant! I despair. ”

    Lessee… a quarter million pounds (sources differ) to acquire. Restoration costs are somewhere in the 2 million pounds (for a standing display) to 7 million pounds (for a fully function “pleasure craft”).

    It is, in all likelihood, a white elephant.

  • Pete Baker

    Dread

    It was a quarter of a million euro, or £170,000stg (sources agree), to acquire.

    And the government has, officially, ruled out further public funds for the restoration costs.. leaving it high and dry for now.

  • Peking

    “… and see a boat which isn’t the titanic but ferried people to the titanic.”

    Yes, a boat that ferried people on one occasion from Le Havre to the Titanic.

    What a waste of money!

    Meanwhile, back at the hospitals, schools etc.

  • Pete Baker

    “Yes, a boat that ferried people on one occasion from Le Havre to the Titanic.”

    Be fair, Peking.. it’s not as if there was an opportunity for a second occasion…

  • slug

    Some NI people on this site are so incredibly negative. Yes, its good to spend money on hospitals. But…

    I’m pretty sure that a Titanic-linked ship, restored to the Titanic era style, will make a good focus for tourism related to the shipbuilding history of Belfast. These things do have positive externalities. I have given my £50 and I have no doubt that there will be an eventual restoration of the ship, even if it is a mighty large project, and even if the project takes many stages and many years.

  • slug

    Another, separate, big idea is here Rebuild a section of the Titanic

  • slug

    Try again with that link:
    Rebuild a Section of the Titanic

  • Peking

    “I have given my £50 and I have no doubt that there will be an eventual restoration of the ship…”

    Just goes to prove the old adage about fools and their money being easily parted.

  • Pete Baker

    I already fixed the link, slug. 🙂

    But interesting to note in that report that the heavily promoted, at the time, ‘ship of lights’ has been dropped.

    Plans for a so-called “ship of lights” appear to have been quietly dropped but revised proposals for a “Titanic Signature Project” are taking shape.

    I hope it wasn’t anything I said..

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Pete Baker: “It was a quarter of a million euro, or £170,000stg (sources agree), to acquire. ”

    Mercy buckets on the correction… reading too quickly again. :/

    Pete Baker: “And the government has, officially, ruled out further public funds for the restoration costs.. leaving it high and dry for now. ”

    Sure… just like a “temporary tax hike,” government bureaucracies always tell the truth up front and mean what they say. Hell, the US just got rid of a tax of telephone usage created to pay for the Spanish American War. Just you wait — some bureaucrat will find a away to push this boondoggle onto the public purse.

    Was the Nomadic built in N.I.? I’m not all that familiar with the White Star line beyond the obvious.

  • Pete Baker

    There’s an outside chance of Lottery cash finding its way into the fund, Dread.

    As for the history of SS Nomadic – see here

    “SS NOMADIC was built by Harland and Wolff shipyards, Belfast (yard number 422). She was launched on April 25, 1911 and delivered to White Star Line on May 27.”

  • slug

    Pete – glad you managed to put them off the ship of lights idea, which I agree was a bit dumb.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Pete: “There’s an outside chance of Lottery cash finding its way into the fund, Dread. ”

    We’ll see… some bureaucrat thought enough of this idea to get the ball rolling. I suspect that avoiding the embaressment of turning the Nomadic into scrap would be enough to keep one of the faceless sods spending other people’s money.

    Pete: “As for the history of SS Nomadic – see here

    “SS NOMADIC was built by Harland and Wolff shipyards, Belfast (yard number 422). She was launched on April 25, 1911 and delivered to White Star Line on May 27.” ”

    Thank you kindly once again, Pete.

  • GurnyGub

    The biggest grossing movie ever, up to then, released in 1997. Do you think we’re jumping on the bandwagon a bit here? I hate it when people leap on the ‘latest thing’. Maybe we could entice the elderly Leonardo to hobble over when it’s ready.

  • jim

    The homecoming ceremony for the SS Nomadic has been delayed after a man working on the boat at the Harland and Wolff shipyard collapsed and died.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/5189296.stm

  • Moochin photoman

    A heart attack according to the Harbour Policeman i spoke with before getting these 2 shots

    http://www.moochinphotoman.blogspot.com/

    Forgive the writing its not my strong point!
    I think you will get my drift tho