27 December 2005

Titanic tender on course for dump

Irish Independent

THE Titanic tender which carried the rich and famous aboard the doomed liner is set to be scrapped in the New Year - unless an international fighting fund can raise €170,000.

SS Nomadic is the world's last remaining White Star vessel and a poignant link with the disaster in which 1,523 people died when the Titanic grazed an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic on the night of April 14-15, 1912.

The tender also took freight to the Titanic when they called at Cherbourg, France, on the ill-fated voyage to New York.

Now the once-proud vessel is a virtual hulk at Le Havre - an embarrassment to her owners - and will be sent to the scrapyard unless a buyer can meet the reserve of €170,000 when she goes under the hammer at auction in Paris on January 26.

If sufficient cash can be raised, exhibition company White Star Memories and Belfast Industrial Heritage plan to buy Nomadic, return her to her home port and restore her former glory with help from lottery funds.

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