Renovated Nomadic opens to the public in Belfast after a £9m refurbishment
The Belfast ship used to take voyagers to the Titanic liner was open to passengers today after a £9m refurbishment.
The SS Nomadic, the last remaining vessel of the White Star Line, is expected to attract more than 44,000 visitors to Belfast over the next year following a refit lasting a decade.
Wealthy ticket-holders for the Titanic's only journey from Southampton to New York sipped Tom Collins cocktails on board surrounded by wood carvings and ornate plasterwork.
Today the Titanic's little sister, which ferried the passengers from Cherbourg harbour to the ocean-going behemoth, is restored to its former glory and nestled in a dry dock near where it was built a century ago.
Speaking at an event to mark the grand opening yesterday, Denis Rooney, chairman of the SS Nomadic Charitable Trust, said: "This was built at the height of Belfast's pre-eminence as a maritime city, this is a reminder of those days."
For details on opening times and tickets, log on to www.nomadicbelfast.com.