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(Image: Thinkstock) Surviving WW1 warship is to become a Belfast museum

Surviving WW1 warship is to become a Belfast museum
21 Oct 2014

One of the last surviving warships from the First World War is set to become a museum in Belfast.

The HMS Caroline fought in the Battle of Jutland, off the coast of Denmark in 1916 and is now docked in the city’s Alexandra Dock, where it will be transformed into a visitor attraction in time for the battle’s centenary commemorations in 2016.

In a bid to convert the derelict warship into a high-tech, floating museum, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £12 million towards the work. The Fund had also previously pledged £845,000 and the project has received £845,000 from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

HMS Caroline was built in Birkenhead in 1914 and was one of the fastest warships being capable of speeds reaching up to 30 knots and has been situated at Alexandra Dock since 1923.

As the tourist attraction, visitors will be impressed by the ship’s bridge with its original compasses and telegraphs, as well as the engine rooms with Parson’s turbines that are still in position. Most of the artefacts on show have been untouched for 100 years.ADNFCR-408-ID-801755509-ADNFCR

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