What if you were to discover the SS Nomadic, a famous White Star Line liner, still afloat, located in the Belfast dock district? Nicknamed “the Titanic’s little brother”, this steamer was built in 1911, and is now converted into a floating museum… You will be able to visit it, and admire the luxury of the time… A superb attraction, which is really worth the detour if you are in Belfast!
It all began in 1907, when the directors of the White Star Line decided to launch the construction of a fleet of 3 giant ships, destined to form the Olympic class: the Olympic, the Titanic and the Gigantic. However, the imposing size of these ships required the parallel construction of a ferry to transfer passengers from the dock to these new liners.
Thus, Thomas Andrews and Alexander Carlisle, the architects of the 3 ships, proposed as early as 1910 to create 2 ferries: the SS Nomadic (1st and 2nd classes), and the Traffic (3rd classes).
Used by the White Star Line for about ten years (despite the sinking of the Titanic), the SS Nomadic was later sold, and passed into the hands of many owners, including the Royal Navy (during the Second World War), the port of Cherbourg, and private individuals wishing to convert her into a restaurant on the Seine… etc.
Although very damaged, and initially destined for scrap, it will finally be saved and restored in 2013 by associations. Today converted into a museum in Belfast, it is a delight for lovers of nautical history!
The SS Nomadic is located on Queens Island, near the Titanic Belfast Experience, and can be visited from the bridge to the hold! With its exhibition, life-size models, and period furniture, you will plunge into the heart of the history of the liner and by extension of the Titanic! Visit the command center, discover the history of the liner, her close link with the port of Cherbourg, her journey after being sold by White Star Lines…
The visit is fascinating, and the infrastructures are impressive! The icing on the cake: you can even taste the local cuisine on board the liner, thanks to its floating restaurant! (Count 22 pounds per meal, but don’t forget to book!).
every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.