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SS Nomadic, Belfast

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Hop aboard the restored SS Nomadic, tender ship to the Titanic and the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world. Learn about 100 years of maritime and social history with interactive activities and tales from the ship's past, such as its role in World War One and Two. Experience the authentic heritage and atmosphere with a recreation of what it was like to be a passenger boarding the Titanic, and access the cramped quarters where the Nomadic crew lived. After exploring the ship’s interior, stroll along the bridge and flying bridge deck. Take in views of historic Hamilton Dock and Belfast harbor. To visit SS Nomadic and other attractions in Belfast, use our Belfast trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • While visiting Belfast we decided to look around the SS Nomad and it was great, the children loved to actually get onto the ship and wander around the different decks, the staff onboard were very help...  more »
  • A smaller attraction next the Titanic museum which shouldn't be missed. Beautifully restored to the original pomp and condition as originally. Take the tour inside.  more »
  • We went round this as part of the Titanic Museum tour. An interesting boat. Not a lot to see though.  more »
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  • Worth a visit to the SS Nomadic which was the tender for the Titanic and continued serving until the Queen Elizabeth's final voyage in 1968. The boat is mostly restored to how she would have been originally, tells the story of what it would have been like to travel on her, and the story of what happened to her during WW1 and WW2 as well as how she came to be rescued from scrap and returned to Belfast. It's much more realistic to get an understanding of what it was like in 1912 by stepping onto the Nomadic, than just going round the exhibition in Titanic Belfast.
  • Brilliant exhibit by itself, an actual tender that served the Titanic & last surviving White Star Line Ship. Make sure to go see all levels and areas - easy to miss the bow & stern areas. Give yourself a good hour and a half here. Ask the guides for a quick intro too, they are very knowledgeable.
  • Very unique ship as it is the last remaining ship of the Whitestar Line. It was used as a tender (ship or boat that ferries passengers from and to a big ship) in the harbor of Cherbourg (France) to transport passengers to ocean liners that were to big to enter the harbor, such as Titanic and Olympic. It was built on the same shipyard as Titanic and Olympic and stood next to them on the yard. It's elaborately decorated and gives a feeling of how ships like Titanic were. After a long service of which part of it for the navy, it was almost scrapped but saved last minute and carefully restored by the original builder Harland and Wolf, using the original blueprints. I'm kind of a purist so I didn't like that it wasn't restored to specs; the steam engine and boiler are missing for example and they created a big movie room in the ship. But overall impressive and great that this ship has been saved.
  • Very interesting - quite moving. When I think about being on one of the boatspelling that took some of the passengers out to the Titanic, it is very moving - we'll worth a visit.
  • Amazing to think that this was used as a tender boat for the Titanic. As part of the Titanic Centre visit it is a great add on just yards from the front door of the main exhibition centre.

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