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First World War ship to open for visitors next June

By Rebecca Black

Published 02/12/2015

HMS Caroline
HMS Caroline

HMS Caroline is due to open to visitors next June.

The warship, which saw service in the First World War, benefited from a £11.5m Heritage Lottery Fund grant for repairs to halt deterioration.

She is currently undergoing her final leg of restoration and interpretative work to allow the ship to function as a world-class museum, a cross-community centre and a meetings and conferences venue.

National Museum of the Royal Navy chief of staff Captain John Rees - who has been leading the restoration programme in partnership - called HMS Caroline a "living legend".

"We are breathing new life into what is an internationally significant piece of world history," he said. "We are particularly looking forward to the ship being ready for public opening on June 1, 2016. This is a world class heritage asset and the only ship remaining from the Grand and High Seas fleet of some 250 vessels."

The vessel has been based in Northern Ireland for over 90 years. Its reopening as a museum will coincide with the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

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