SS Nomadic & Hamilton Dock

Location: Queen's Island, Belfast

Tracey Brothers Ltd completed the final phase of restoration works to restore the SS Nomadic, which was entered on the National Register of Historic Vessels in August 2006, to its original 1911 status. Restoration works extended to Hamilton Dock where the vessel is dry docked and also the adjacent Pump House building.

Upgrading of the interior of the ship included restoration of existing internal linings as well as re-installation of previously salvaged materials such as cinema seating, timber paneling. Where new interiors were required such as new paneling, porthole windows, new windows to replicate original Sliding Sash & bottom pivot windows etc. these were replicated from historic photos & samples of original timber paneling. Existing bulkhead paneling held in storage was reinstated on board. New timber Oregon Pine decking sourced from Canada was installed to Poop deck, Fore Castle, Bridge Deck & Flying Bridge Deck using traditional methods of stud welding & caulking of joints.

In conjunction with Tandem Design, an audio-visual interpretative installation was designed & installed to relay the stories of SS Nomadic & Hamilton Dock to visitors.

The project received an RICS Award in the Building Conservation Category.