Published: 14th October 2020

Harland & Wolff Back On Board the SS Nomadic

The SS Nomadic, the ship which took passengers to RMS Titanic from Cherbourg Harbour, is undergoing restoration works this month which will be carried out by its original builders, Harland & Wolff. Titanic Foundation, the charity set up to preserve and promote Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage including the development of Titanic Belfast, owns the tender to RMS Titanic and  appointed Harland & Wolff to carry out the works on the ship that they completed in 1911.

The SS Nomadic is now included in the Titanic Belfast Experience, giving visitors the chance to step onboard the world’s biggest RMS Titanic artefact. A quarter of the size of the iconic passenger liner, the Nomadic has many of the same ornate features and finishes and was completed in 1911.

As the last remaining White Star Line ship, SS Nomadic requires continuous maintenance and restoration. The works taking place in October will see repairs to the keel blocks supporting the ship which is located in the Hamilton Dry Dock. Harland & Wolff also carried out restoration works on the ship in 2011 after it returned to Belfast, reinstating the bridge deck, flying bridge desk and the funnel.

Kerrie Sweeney, Chief Executive of Titanic Foundation said,

“The SS Nomadic is such an authentic part of Belfast’s maritime history and a fantastic feature on the Maritime Mile.  To have Harland & Wolff return to carry out work on the ship they once built is a really significant moment in the history of the ship.”

Perry Kennedy, Interim Managing Director of Harland & Wolff commented,

“We’re very excited to begin work on this iconic ship once more. As the original builders, this is a great opportunity to continue our proud heritage alongside the Titanic Foundation.”

SS Nomadic is one of a range of heritage assets located along the Maritime Mile Treasure Trail, an exciting new outdoor family experience aimed at encouraging locals and visitors to explore Belfast’s Historic waterfront. The public can visit SS Nomadic as part of the Titanic Belfast experience.

Bookings must be made in advance online

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