The Titanic's sole surviving sister ship
The Belfast docks may have been transformed significantly over recent years, but the SS Nomadic keeps the past alive. The steamship is the only surviving White Star Line (the Titanic's owners) vessel still afloat. These days, it sits in a dry dock in the Titanic Quarter, delighting history fans and photographers.
Spread over eight floors, the exhibition covers every aspect of the Titanic story, from the ship’s conception, to that fateful night in April of 1912. First, visitors are transported back to early 20th century Belfast, at the height of the ship building boom. Original drawings and models show just how ambitious the construction was, surpassing every ship that existed until then. Every step of the construction process is documented through pictures and audio recordings, including photos taken on the launch day, complete with views of the slipway around which a crowd of 100,000 people gathered to watch the Titanic slide into the sea.
The galleries truly transport visitors back in time and give a sense of what it was like to be a passenger on the doomed ocean liner. All three classes of cabins have been recreated, from the cramped conditions of the cheapest berths to the opulence and comfort on offer for the richest travellers. The famous pictures taken by Father Francis Browne (who only sailed from Belfast to Southampton and was called back to his theological studies before he could carry on to New York) show the doomed passengers and crew at work and play.