The SS NOMADIC was built in 1911, on the slipway next door to the TITANIC at Harland & Wolff in Belfast, as the tender vessel to be used in transporting first and second class passengers out from Cherbourg to the Olympic Class Liners.
She ferried 147 passengers out to TITANIC on her ill fated maiden voyage. Such immortal names as Molly Brown ("The Unsinkable Molly Brown"), millionaires such as Benjamin Guggenheim and his mistress and many others.
NOMADIC served the British Government as a troopship during WWI and made a heroic escape across the channel at the fall of France in WW II carrying hundreds of French troops to freedom.
She had an incredible career of well over 50 years as a tender, even carrying passengers out to the QUEEN MARY in the 1960's.
Eventually in the early 1970's she was retired and became a floating restaurant on the River Seine, Paris, opposite the Eiffel Tower.
Falling on hard times she was impounded by the French authorities, and put up for sale as scrap.
However, following a huge internet campaign, a group of people formed the Nomadic Preservation Society raising over £40,000 and with the help of a £100,000 grant from the Department of Strategic Development (DSD) in Northern Ireland, managed to save the vessel from the scrap yard torch.
She has been moved to Belfast, where a limited amount of work has been done and an official Government Trust (The Nomadic Charitable trust - a registered charity) was appointed to oversee her restoration.
Now however the money has run out and help is urgently needed to preserve this hugely important vessel.
Some of the things which make this vessel unique:-
She ferried many famous people out to the Titanic on her last voyage
She is THE LAST White Star Line vessel in existence (The Company that Owned the Titanic)
She has had an incredible life story, which deserves to be told and which has many links to Lancashire
From the Titanic legend, Captain Arthur H Rostron, who was Captain of the "Carpathia" and who rescued the Titanic's survivors, was born in Astley Bridge, Bolton.
Also from the Titanic legend, Captain Stanley Lord ,of the "Californian", was the ship said to have done nothing to help Titanic, and to have been in sight of her while she sank. He was also born in Bolton.
Perhaps the most famous Titanic link in the Lancashire area is that Of Wallace Henry Hartley, Titanic's orchestra leader, who as most people know, in his attempts to prevent panic, kept his band playing to the bitter end, and came from, and was buried in Colne (Near Burnley)
The Nomadic Preservation Society Web Site: www.nomadicpreservationsociety.co.uk/