Warfare in News
Posted on Tuesday 18th December
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.'
The Battle of Jutland(Hardback - 224 pages)
by Jon Sutherland
The Battle of Jutland was the greatest naval engagement of the First World War, if not any war. Admiral Scheer had adopted a policy of launching attacks against the British coast. What he did not know was that the British had broken his naval codes and that they knew of his plans. Consequently, when Scheer threw his entire fleet in a mission to attack the British mainland in May 1916, he could not know that… Read more...
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