Ruth Mitchell

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Pyeroy wins Titanic contract

A Gateshead-based industrial services firm has won a six-figure contract to support the refurbishment of the vessel used to ferry passengers out to RMS Titanic as she lay anchored off the port of Cherbourg on her ill-fated maiden voyage.

The 1,273 ton SS Nomadic steamship, used by the White Star Line as a tender for the liners RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic, has returned to the Harland & Wolff yard in Belfast to undergo a £2 million restoration 100 years after she was constructed there.

Fraser McAlees, Pyeroy’s regional manager for Northern Ireland, said: “This shows how our extensive marine services expertise can be brought to bear on a unique project to ensure an important historical vessel is restored to its former glory for future generations to enjoy.”

Industrial services specialist Pyeroy has enclosed the vessel in a protective sheeted structure while the hull is being repaired, internal sections removed and replaced and a new wooden top deck installed.

This will be followed later this year by the repainting the 67 metre long hull and refurbished superstructure to return the SS Nomadic’s original black and white livery using a special, long lasting protective coating.

Pyeroy won the £150,000 job in the face of stiff competition.

SS Nomadic, along with her sister ship SS Traffic, were based at Cherbourg, France where they ferried passengers to and from the 52,000 ton Titanic and Olympic passenger ships because they were too large to berth in the port.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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