Mr Neeson said, “I will be urging the committee to consider the Nomadic for inclusion on the list of the core collection of National Historic Ships. Such a listing could make the Nomadic eligible for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
“I strongly believe that the return of the Nomadic could well be the catalyst to developing a Northern Ireland maritime museum in the Titanic Quarter.”
The Belfast-built SS Nomadic served as a servicing ship for the Titanic.
Sean Neeson represents Northern Ireland on the UK National Historic Ships Committee.