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'Nomadic – A Titanic Restoration’ with Graeme Moore

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Graeme Moore of Consarc Conservation, who was responsible for the restoration work on SS Nomadic, will talk about the project at the Ulster Museum on Friday 5 May at 1pm as part of Historic Environment Division’s Monuments and Building Record lecture series.

SS Nomadic is most famous for the part she played in the Titanic story, carrying first and second class passengers from the port of Cherbourg to Titanic on Titanic’s maiden voyage. Built by Harland and Wolff in 1911, she’s had a chequered history - she served in two world wars, was a salvage vessel and later served as a restaurant on the Seine in Paris. She narrowly escaped the scrap yard three times! However, she has now been restored to her original 1911 glory, is back home in Belfast and is the only White Star Line vessel in existence today!

The talk will focus on the repair process of the SS Nomadic Ship which saw the restoration of the historic tender vessel from the heyday of the Transatlantic Liner era. Internally, Nomadic was fitted out to a similar luxurious standard as Titanic, with benches, tables, ornate decorative joinery and plasterwork, stylish bathrooms and a buffet bar.

SS Nomadic is one of the UK National Core Collection of Historic Ships, equivalent to a Grade A Listed Building due to its international significance. The restoration work took eighteen months to complete and included the re-fabrication of previously scrapped decks and funnels and the outfitting of the interior to its original 1911 condition, including restoration of original timber paneling, plasterwork, new floor coverings and recreation of historic furniture and staircases.

The Hamilton Graving Dock was a derelict and disused dock in the former Harland & Wolff Ship Yard and is itself a Scheduled Monument which means it is protected by the Department. It also contains the oldest hull built by the company. Dating from 1867, the dock is the oldest visible legacy of shipbuilding on Queen’s Island.

The project brought back the ship back to her original 1911 condition and returned her to the dock in which she was outfitted over 100 years ago. SS Nomadic in the setting of Hamilton Dock has created a focal point for visitors to the Titanic Quarter.

The talk is free to attend and will last about an hour. There’s no need to book and this is the last talk of the series. For further details email MBR-enquiries@communities-ni.gov.uk or phone 02890 569701.

Where: Botanic Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AB