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It is just been reported on local BBC live from Le Havre that the White Star Liner Tender to Titanic SS Nomadic is making her way home to Belfast, her birthplace thanks to the S.S. Nomadic Preservation Society. She is being piggy backed to Belfest Lough and into Abercorn Basin where she will be berthed for a while until her immediate future is decided. She is already flying the white star flag again as she sat on the barge transporting her leaving today and arriving in Belfast on 17th July.

Th BBC showed some of her architecture on board which is identical to Titantic.

Type in Nomadic Preservation into Google and a few sites will come up explaining about this ship. I tried to post a link, but it did not work. David
 

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From the Belfast Telegrapgh

SS NOMADIC was due to set off from a French port at noon today on her final voyage home to the city where she was built.

The Titanic's 'little sister' will be ferried by submersible barge out of Le Havre in Normandy, through the English Channel, rounding Land's End for the long trip north through the Irish Sea and into Belfast Lough.

The vessel, which carried first-class passengers onto the Titanic from Cherbourg, was saved from the scrapyard in January when she was bought by the Department of Social Development at auction in Paris for €250,000.

Since then, the campaigners who fought to save her have been waiting impatiently for the day she arrives at Belfast Harbour.

Once there, she will be moored near the Odyssey Arena for 48 hours to allow people to view her, before moving to a berth provided by the Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

Nomadic has already been floated onto a submersible barge owned by English firm Anchor Marine Transportation Ltd (AMT) and last night workers were securing the last of the sea fastenings to make sure she will withstand the journey to the docks where she was built 95 years ago by Harland & Wolff.

Jonathan Bawden, of AMT, said the 10,000-tonne barge arrived in Le Havre late on Friday night and was brought to a floating dock where it was submersed. Nomadic was brought round on Sunday morning and floated onto the larger vessel.

"Since then, they've been making her fast and making final preparations for the journey," he said.

"We submerged down to the bottom of the floating dock and, using the rising tide, Nomadic was floated on top of the barge. She was secured and the barge was ballasted back up."

A diver explored the underside of Nomadic a few weeks ago and found that the keel remained in good condition, Bawden said.

"For a boat that is 95 years old, she is in incredibly good condition."

"On top of the barge there is cribbing and grilling and the vessel has been fastened in by guy posts to make sure that she is fixed fast onto the barge."

Nomadic served the Titanic and sister ship Olympic before playing a valuable role in two world wars and serving the Cunard transatlantic liners Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.

If all goes to plan, Nomadic will reach Belfast Lough on Sunday and will be kept at a holding point until Monday when she will travel to Queen's Quay.


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