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SS Nomadic is the name of a White Star Line steamship launched in April, 1911. She is the last remaining vessel built by the White Star Line still afloat.


Nomadic's keel was laid down in Harland and Wolff shipyards, Belfast in 1910. She was launched on 25 April 1911 and delivered to the White Star Line on 27 May. The ship was 67 meters (220 feet) long and 11.3 meters (37 feet) wide, with a gross tonnage of 1,273 tons. She had a two three-bladed screws, propelling her to a maximum speed of 12 knots.

With her sister ship Traffic, Nomadic was used as a tender for Titanic and Olympic at Cherbourg in France. Nomadic was fitted with a luxurious interior and was hence used for the first and second class passengers, whilst Traffic served the third class travellers.

During World War I Nomadic saw service in carrying American troops.

In 1927, she was sold to Companie Cherberghoise de Transbordement and then sold again to the Société Cherberghoise de Remorquage et de Sauvetage in 1934. Now under the name Ingenieur Minard, she again served as troop ship in World War II.

After the war she continued tendering Cunard (which had since acquired White Star Line) ships until 1968.

In 1974, she was bought by a private individual and converted into a restaurant on the River Seine in Paris. The restaurant has since closed and Nomadic remains docked semi-derelict in the port of Le Havre.

Efforts to Save Ship

A public appeal for donations to return Nomadic to the Harland and Wolff shipyards for restoration was organized by Belfast Industrial Heritage (BIH), a non-profit organization in Ireland.

BIH initiatially contacted the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) to offer grants to acquire Nomadic. However, the NLHF can only grant money if the vessel is listed on the UK's National Historic Register. For that to occur, Nomadic must be purchased and transported back to Belfast.

The public is encouraged to make a pledge (i.e. promise money) towards purchasing the ship for her return to Belfast, where she will qualify for grants to be restored. BIH must raise approximately €250,000 / £165,000 to be able to place a bid on Nomadic at an auction scheduled for January 26, 2006 at the Crown Court of Paris. If no bids are placed, the ship may be sold for scrap. More information can be found at http://www.savenomadic.com

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