During my visit to the tall ships extravaganza I paid a visit to the SS Nomadic which has been restored and lies in the Hamilton Dock, Belfast. The official blurb reads:-
So much more than Titanic’s little sister!
Originally built alongside the mighty RMS Titanic in Belfast in 1911, the SS Nomadic is much more than just “Titanic’s little sister”. Designed by Thomas Andrews and built using the same design and similar luxurious finishes the similarities to the Titanic are plain to see. Being exactly one quarter of the size of her famous friend, the Nomadic is often referred to as “a mini Titanic” Over 100 years of history and adventures are evident the minute you step on board.
In April 1912, the Nomadic completed her most famous task by transferring the excited first and second-class passengers from the shallow dockside in Cherbourg out to the Titanic, which was moored in deeper water just off shore. In awe of the White Star Line luxury and ground breaking design those passengers were blissfully unaware of the tragic fate awaiting many of them only days later.
There is something quite sad about the Belfast Shipyard these days with the wide empty spaces and the constant reminders of it’s former glory.