- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit the SS Nomadic, Belfast
The last remaining White Star Line vessel, SS Nomadic, has been restored to her original glory and is back home in historic Hamilton Dock, near Titanic Belfast. Come on board and experience over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history.
SS Nomadic opened to the public on 1 June 2013. The boat, which once ferried first and second class passengers to Titanic from Cherbourg, was designed by Titanic's designer Thomas Andrews, and built at the Harland & Wolff Shipyard beneath the giant profiles of RMS Titanic and Olympic.
She sailed out of Belfast Lough on the same day as Olympic to begin her working career. On 10 April 1912, Nomadic took 142 passengers from Cherbourg Port to join Titanic on her maiden voyage. On board, passengers included Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon and his celebrated fashion designer wife, Lucille, American socialite Molly Brown and wealthy industrialist Benjamin Guggenheim.
Nomadic would go on to serve Olympic and other ships during her long and successful career. She carried famous passengers including Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie.
After an eventful life, Nomadic returned to Belfast in 2006.
Now fully restored, she is open for visitors to follow in the footsteps of Titanic’s first class passengers. View an on-board exhibition of life in Belfast during the Titanic era.