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Reopening of HMS Caroline to take Place After Almost Three Year Closure

12th February 2023
The Belfast visitor attraction, HMS Caroline is to reopen after an almost three year closure.
The Belfast visitor attraction, HMS Caroline is to reopen after an almost three year closure. Credit: HMS Caroline-facebook

Among Belfast’s leading visitor attractions is HMS Caroline which is set to reopen in the city’s harbour after almost three years of closure.

The WWI C-class light-cruiser HMS Caroline, which is the only surviving ship from that war’s Battle of Jutland off Denmark, is to reopen daily from 1st April.

In addition HMS Caroline which was built in Birkenhead, England, is to have opening times at the weekend throughout March.

The ship built in 1914 is located in Thompson Dry-Dock, has been painstakingly restored and offers visitors the opportunity to experience life aboard the veteran vessel.

HMS Caroline is largely intact from the day it was completed at the Cammell Laird shipbuilder more than a century ago, including its living quarters, signal school, engine room, sick bay and galley.

Visitors to the museum ship will be able to journey back to a dangerous life at sea during WW1. Exhibits and displays on board allow visitors to learn to crack codes, launch torpedoes and signal ships through interactive displays.

Access to where the crew and slept is available to explore and also to hear their stories and find out about the incredible mascots that lived alongside them.

More from The Irish News on the 4,000 tonnes museum ship.

Published in Historic Boats
Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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