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Titanic's little sister SS Nomadic under new ownership

By Linda Stewart

Published 10/04/2015

Changed hands: SS Nomadic
Changed hands: SS Nomadic

Titanic's little sister is under new ownership after being transferred to Titanic Foundation Ltd.

Belfast-built SS Nomadic carried first and second class passengers, including magnate Benjamin Guggenheim and the 'Unsinkable' Molly Brown, onto the legendary liner as she docked at Cherbourg on her ill-fated maiden voyage.

The 103-year-old ship is the last remaining White Star Line vessel and carried stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Elizabeth Taylor after coming under the ownership of Cunard.

In 2006, she was saved from the scrapyard and restored after she was bought by the Department of Social Development in France following a campaign by enthusiasts and the Belfast Telegraph. Now a visitor attraction at Thompson Graving Dock, she will be operated by Titanic Belfast Ltd, which runs the neighbouring centre.

Titanic Belfast chief Tim Husbands said:  "We are very proud to be associated with the SS Nomadic, a unique part of Belfast's rich maritime heritage which provides such a tangible reference for the Titanic story. Combining SS Nomadic with the Titanic Belfast underpins the authentic experience we offer our visitors and further reinforces Belfast's international positioning as Titanic's birthplace."

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