The Nomadic will be restored. The tender ferried passengers to the RMS Titanic.

The Nomadic and the RMS Titanic

Cruise Liner History:  Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Harland and Wolff shipyard has won a £2 million contract to help restore the boat which ferried passengers to the Titanic.

The money was awarded by the European Union with additional funding from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and will primarily cover work associated with the steelwork and superstructure of the Nomadic, which has been in a dock in Belfast since 2006.

Social Development Minister Alex Attwood announced the new contract with Harland and Wolff in Belfast.

“The award of this £2 million contract will help restore and revamp Nomadic’s 100-year-old superstructure and steelwork, getting it ready for Titanic’s 2012 celebrations,” he said.

Work will start on the project immediately and is scheduled to be completed by the end of July. It will provide more than 25 jobs and at least three new posts will be created.

The Nomadic and Titanic were launched from Harland and Wolff in 1911.

Less than a year after the White Star Line-owned vessels left the city, the Nomadic was employed to transport first and second-class passengers from the French port of Cherbourg to the Titanic ahead of its ill-fated maiden Atlantic voyage when it struck an iceberg, leaving more than 1,500 dead.

Mr Attwood added: “The Nomadic played an important role in the Titanic story. We are looking forward to the next chapter, which will see her take up a role as a key attraction at the heart of the centenary festivities. This is another great milestone in the ongoing refurbishment of Titanic’s little sister.”

The work will involve the erection of the bridge deck and the flying bridge deck.

Denis Rooney, chairman of the Nomadic Charitable Trust, said: “The superstructure and steelwork contract will ensure that the vessel will be ready to accommodate the key fit-out stage of the restoration programme, which will commence immediately after this contract is complete.”

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About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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