Originally built alongside the mighty RMS Titanic in Belfast in 1911, the SS Nomadic is much more than just “Titanic’s little sister”. Designed by Thomas Andrews and built using the same design and similar luxurious finishes the similarities to the Titanic are plain to see. Being exactly one quarter of the size of her famous friend, the Nomadic is often referred to as “a mini Titanic” Over 100 years of history and adventures are evident the minute you step on board.
In April 1912, the Nomadic completed her most famous task by transferring the excited first and second-class passengers from the shallow dockside in Cherbourg out to the Titanic, which was moored in deeper water just off shore. In awe of the White Star Line luxury and ground breaking design those passengers were blissfully unaware of the tragic fate awaiting many of them only days later.
With active service in both World Wars, over fifty years experience of carrying thousands of passengers to the world’s largest trans-Atlantic liners and nearly thirty years as a restaurant and party venue moored beside the Eiffel Tower in Paris the Nomadic has a million stories to tell.
As the last remaining White Star Line ship anywhere in the world and a member of the core collection on the National Historic Ships register, the Nomadic is back “home” in Belfast, after 100 years, and has been painstakingly restored to her original glory. The Nomadic has now opened a new chapter in her history and is looking forward to welcoming a whole new generation of visitors on board.