The ship’s bell donated by the man from Bempton is now on display as part of the SS Nomadic exhibition in Belfast


The ship's bell, cord and inclinometer, donated by Christopher Wardlow, were displayed aboard the SS Nomadic.
The ship’s bell, cord and inclinometer, donated by Christopher Wardlow, were displayed aboard the SS Nomadic.

Christopher Wardlow donated the bell to the Belfast-based Nomadic Preservation Society in 2014.

However, due to changes within the company, part of the Nomadic Charitable Trust and a takeover by Maritime Belfast which manages the Titanic Quarter and now the Nomadic, there had been no news of the bell, as well as a donated cord and inclinometer.

Earlier this year Mr Wardlow contacted the Belfast Maritime Trust and the organization’s helpful staff said all they had to do was complete a donation agreement.

Mr. Wardlow donated the items in 2014.

This month he got a message from CEO Kerrie Sweeney saying the display on the Nomadic was complete with his three nautical items on display.

The Nomadic was a tender from the RMS Titanic and is the last White Star Line ship in the world.

It is located near the Titanic Quarter attraction on Belfast’s historic Hamilton Wharf.

Mr Wardlow said: “I originally bought the bell after a few beers in the pub.

Inclinometer and map showing Mr. Wardlow.

“I came home covered in snow wearing the bell after returning to my friend’s house. We rang the doorbell for the company in 2014 and then things calmed down.

“I am a member of the Nomadic Preservation Society, and because so much had been stolen from the ship, I decided to donate the bell.

“This year I decided to find out what was going on with the items and actually thought about Maritime Belfast.

“They asked me to fill out a form so that the items could be used and now they are on display. Kerrie Sweeney sent some pictures of them in a cabinet and I am even mentioned on a card inside the screen.

“The Nomadic was called the ‘Little Sister’ of the Titanic and was used as a tender.

“The ship was carrying passengers to the Titanic because the Cherbourg post was too small for large liners like the Titanic.

“The Nomadic ended up staying in France on the Seine. It served as a nightclub and restaurant. Eventually, it fell into disuse.

“A campaign has been launched to bring him back to Belfast, where he is currently based, right across from where the Titanic Quarter is located.

“The ship has now returned to its original glory and a popular tourist attraction.”

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