Just six months on from its official opening to the public, the SS Nomadic, tender vessel to the Titanic and the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world has been voted number one for ‘things to do in Belfast’ on the influential online review travel website Trip Advisor.
Over the last seven years the SS Nomadic has undergone a substantial £7m restoration programme which has seen the vessel, which transported first and second class passengers to the ill fated liner, restored to her former glory and is now in permanent residence at Hamilton Dock in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.
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Denis Rooney, Chairman of the Nomadic Charitable Trust said: “We are delighted to have reached Number One on Trip Advisor so soon after opening to the public. Visitors have really appreciated their experience on board and enjoyed the way the Nomadic has been presented. Many have given glowing comments on the quality of the tours provided by our excellent crew and we hope that many more local people come and enjoy this unique attraction.”
The seven year restoration project combined three elements including the Pumphouse, Hamilton Dock and the SS Nomadic where a series of audio visual presentations trace the history of the ship, introduces different characters from the ship’s past and provides insights into what it would have been like to be a passenger or crew member. Visitors also have an opportunity to find out about some of the vessels famous passengers over the years and experience and interact with the history that surrounds the ship.
The SS Nomadic is also quickly establishing itself as a popular events venue with over 50 events being successfully hosted on the vessel already including a range of corporate events, birthday and wedding celebrations. Currently the SS Nomadic is hosting a Winter Exhibition with a range of special exhibits on loan from White Star Memories. The exhibition features many unique artefacts from both the White Star Line and Wallace Hartley Collections.
Many will remember Wallace Hartley as one of the musicians on board Titanic who continued to play in a bid to calm passengers as the ill-fated liner was slowly sinking.
Visitors will see some of the items recovered from Hartley’s music case, including the original ‘Starland’ sheet music. The exhibition also includes a recreation of an ‘a la carte’ table setting which would have been on Olympic, and a rare set of the original 1st class accommodation plans from Titanic.
For more information on the SS Nomadic visit the website www.nomadicbelfast.com