Titanic's Nomadic wanders down the quayside
Published 01/11/2007 | 08:48
Titanic 'little sister', the SS Nomadic, has moved to a new temporary home.
Since Easter, the famous tender, which once carried first-class passengers on to the ill-fated liner at Cherbourg, has been open to the public at Queen's Quay next to the Odyssey in Belfast.
Since opening on Easter Saturday, Nomadic has attracted more than 18,000 visitors keen to learn more about her 96 years of history and the story of how she was saved from the scrapyard in France before returning to the city of her birth last summer.
Now, the vessel has been moved to Barnett's Dock for essential internal maintenance ahead of a planned move to dry dock before the end of the year.
She will be closing for the winter moves but will reopen as a visitor attraction by Easter 2008.
Chairman of Nomadic Charitable Trust, Denis Rooney, explained: "SS Nomadic has been a great addition to Belfast over the last number of months and thousands of people have taken the opportunity to experience a magnificent piece of history.
"We're delighted that it's now time to enter the next phase of her restoration and the following few weeks at Barnett's Dock will facilitate internal work before she is moved to dry dock for further repair.
"The trust has been overwhelmed with the tremendous number of visitors to Nomadic," he said.
"We'd like to thank the public for their terrific support and interest to date.
"We'd also like to extend our gratitude to Belfast Harbour Commissioners for her new temporary mooring as well as to the team of volunteers who will carry out the repairs, and we look forward to welcoming visitors onboard again in the near future," he said.