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Titanic Belfast takes over SS Nomadic

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Media captionTitanic Belfast is taking over the operation of the SS Nomadic, as Helen Jones reports

The operation of the SS Nomadic is being taken over by the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction.

The vessel is the last remaining White Star ship and the biggest artefact with links to the ill-fated liner.

The ship was brought back to Belfast in 2006 and has been restored by the Nomadic Charitable Trust, which is now transferring it to Titanic Belfast.

The Nomadic has been open to the public for the last two years.

It was originally built to ferry first and second-class passengers to the Titanic from Cherbourg in France, a port too small for what was at that time the largest ship in the world.

£7m refit

The Nomadic had been in dry dock in Le Havre before a campaign started in Belfast in 2005 to bring it back to where it was built.

It cost £171,320 of public money to buy the ship at auction and then a £7m refit to restore it to its former glory.

"The Nomadic Charitable Trust have done a fantastic job reinstating SS Nomadic to its majestic glory and we are delighted to be part of this new chapter of Nomadic's history," Kerrie Sweeney, Titanic Foundation Limited's chief executive, said.

"At a time when many heritage organisations are suffering from funding cuts, we believe this strategic move will not only enhance the Titanic Quarter visitor experience but achieve greater sustainability for SS Nomadic for many years to come."

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