Warfare in News


Posted on Tuesday 18th December

The last floating surviving ship of the Great War, HMS Caroline, has received £1 million from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, which will enable urgent repair works to take place and prevent further decay to the light cruiser, whilst plans are finalised for its long-term future in its Belfast base.

HMS Caroline was built in 1914 in Merseyside and is the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland. After the war, she became a training ship based in Belfast. She was back in action during the Second Word War, acting as a key base for operations to protect the North Atlantic convoys from U-boat attacks. She returned to her previous role in Belfast in 1945 and remained there until 2011 when she was decommissioned, making her the longest ship in commission in the British Navy after HMS Victory.

Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Professor Dominic Tweddle, commented on the news that a vital piece of twentieth century European history had been saved for future generations. He said:

'We cannot overestimate the significance of HMS Caroline. It is the only remaining floating survivor of World War One. NMRN is thrilled that the funding is now in place to secure it and prevent any further deterioration.'

NMRN’s Caroline Project Director Captain John Rees says work can now start on repairs:

'We will be seeking to repair upper deck drainage (scuppers), replace perished seals on hatches and doors, remove and refurbish portholes, repair the leaking funnel deck and lift areas of rotting deck and repair. Other essential work will include inspections of internal tanks and coffer dams, cleaning and repairing where leaks are found and the necessary asbestos remediation to enable this work.'

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