Life jacket sold for £1,000 at Ludlow auction

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A life jacket from the Titanic's sister ship has sold for just under £1,000 at auction in Shropshire.

The SS Nomadic was built to act as a water taxi, ferrying passengers to White Star Line ships such as the Titantic.

It was the Nomadic that took some of the 2,224 passengers and their belongings to board the doomed ocean liner.

Yesterday, a surviving life-jacket from the little ship went under the hammer for £950 at Ludlow Racecourse, as part of a toys, military and collectables auction by Mullock's Auctioneers.

Keith Hartwell, specialist at Mullock's, said:

"Nomadic arrived in Cherbourg on June 3 ,1911 to begin her tendering duties for the White Star Line. On April 10, 1912 she transported 274 passengers to RMS Titantic on her maiden voyage."

The Nomadic herself had a much longer life than her tragic bigger sister – and a varied one.

"During World War One and until 1919, Nomadic was requisitioned by the French Government and she saw service as an auxiliary minesweeper and patrol ship, also ferrying American troops to and from the Harbour of Brest in France," Mr Hartwell said. She returned to passenger tendering after the war, before finally being retired in 1968. She was refitted and became a floating restaurant in Paris in 1974 before being seized by harbour authorities in 2002 when the business hit financial difficulties. Today she languishes in Hamilton Graving Dock, Belfast – where it is believed she was originally fitted over 100 years ago.

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