The SS Nomadic is the world’s last surviving White Star Line vessel and is notorious for being the tender to RMS Titanic, which sank with massive loss of life in 1912. Built alongside Titanic in the Harland & Wolff shipyards of Belfast, Nomadic was designed by marine architect Thomas Andrews and her role in the tragic saga was to ferry passengers from the port at Cherbourg to the cruise liner, just days before she hit an iceberg on her maiden voyage to the USA. Today the ship has been painstakingly restored and is at anchor in Hamilton Dock near the Titanic Belfast in the city’s innovative waterfront Titanic Quarter.
SS Nomadic continued to ply the seas for many years after the Titanic disaster; she served as tender to White Star’s luxury, US-bound cruisers, saw active service in both world wars and eventually became a party boat, moored up near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Today her four decks are open to explore alongside the crew’s cramped quarters and the bridge; interactive exhibitions throughout showcase her history as well the refurbishment project that saw her returned to pristine finery.
Many people combine a visit to SS Nomadic with exploring Titanic Belfast, which opened in 2012 at Hamilton Dock and is the world’s most comprehensive museum featuring the RMS Titanic and her sinking. Nomadic is also a stop on the itinerary of three-day group tours around Northern Ireland.
Located at Hamilton Dock, the SS Nomadic is open daily from Jan–Mar 10am–5pm; Apr–May, Sept 10am–6pm; June–Aug 10am–7pm; Oct–Dec 11am–5pm. Admission for adults is £7; seniors, students & children aged 5–16 are £5; family tickets are £20; children younger than 5 go free. Entrance to the Titanic Belfast includes free entry to SS Nomadic. The Titanic Quarter is a 15–20 minute walk from Donegall Square in Belfast city center. If taking public transportation, Metro bus services 26, 26B and 26C stop at Hamilton Dock.