J3575 : The SS 'Nomadic' at Belfast

taken 26 days ago, near to Ballymacarret, Queens Island, Belfast County Borough, Shankill and Skegoneill, Northern Ireland

The SS 'Nomadic' at Belfast
The SS 'Nomadic' at Belfast
The SS 'Nomadic' in the Hamilton Dock with Titanic Belfast beyond. Now restored and looking quite magnificent, compare this view of the ship to J3474 : SS Nomadic returns to Belfast on a barge, July 2006 and J3475 : SS 'Nomadic' at Barnett Dock, Belfast when she first returned to Belfast.
SS Nomadic
Launched at Belfast in 1911, SS Nomadic is the only White Star Line vessel which remains in existence today. She was built to tender (transfer) passengers and mail to and from RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic.

Nomadic began her tendering duties for the White Star Line in Cherbourg on 3 June 1911. On 10 April 1912 she transported 274 passengers to RMS Titanic for the liner's ill-fated maiden voyage. Nomadic was requisitioned by the French government during World War I and, until 1919, she saw service as an auxiliary minesweeper and patrol ship, also ferrying American troops to and from the harbour in Brest. After the war, she returned to her tendering duties, but following the 1934 merger of White Star and Cunard Line and the opening of the enlarged port at Cherbourg, Nomadic ceased her tendering duties.

During World War II, Nomadic again saw service; on 18 June 1940 she took part in the evacuation of Cherbourg. She was subsequently requisitioned by the Royal Navy and based in Portsmouth harbour where she operated as a troop ship, coastal patrol vessel and minelayer for the remainder of the war. The port of Cherbourg port was heavily damaged during the war so large ocean liners could no longer dock there and Nomadic returned to tendering duties. She served the ocean liners of the day, such as Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. She finally retired from these duties on 4 November 1968.

After laying idle for five years, SS Nomadic was converted into a floating restaurant and function vessel, and was relocated to the Seine in Paris in 1974. In 2006, she returned to Belfast for restoration and preservation and is now on display at the Hamilton Dock in Belfast's Titanic Quarter, she is open to visitors as part of “The Titanic Experience” LinkExternal link at Titanic Belfast.
The Hamilton Dock, Belfast
A dry dock entered via the Abercorn Basin and once used by Harland & Wolff for repairs to coasters etc. Long disused and now (2011) being renovated as part of the Titanic Quarter developments.

There was an application, in March 2011, for planning permission: “0435/F Hamilton Graving Dock, Queens Road, Queens Island, Belfast Restoration of former graving dock, display of former caisson gate and SS Nomadic ship in permanently dry dock. Ship to include interpretation education space, cafe & entertainments licence. Proposals to dock side to include repair to existing surfaces and new surface materials, new lighting, boundary railings and dock edge railings as well as restoration and extension of existing pump house and installation of bridge and gangways”.
"Titanic Belfast" (originally the Titanic Signature Project)
Work started, in May 2009, on what, at the time, was known as “The Titanic Signature Project”. The building opened to the public on 31 March 2012. This is a series of photographs showing the construction work underway and after the public opening. It is owned by an independent charitable trust known as Titanic Foundation Limited LinkExternal link.
The site occupies some 75 acres of waterfront, former industrial land on the eastern side of the River Lagan in the Titanic Quarter and close to the centre of Belfast. The architects were Todd Architects who designed J3372 : Department of Architecture, Queen's University, Belfast (2) and J3474 : The "Boat" site, Belfast (42).

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Date Taken
Monday, 25 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 27 September, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Docks, Harbours 
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Belfast 
Primary Subject of Photo
Ship 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 350 751 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.3647N 5:54.6912W
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Irish: geotagged! J 349 750
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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