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HMS Caroline opens to public after Battle of Jutland commemoration

By Staff Reporter

Published 02/06/2016

The last surviving participant in the Battle of Jutland, HMS Caroline, is now open to the public - just a day after she was the focus of the centenary commemorations of the major sea conflict.

Jutland was to be the only full-scale clash of battleships in the entire war. Lasting just 12 hours, it involved 250 warships and over 100,000 sailors. More than 8,000 perished in the savage fight.

The First World War light cruiser has undergone a multi-million pound restoration to her 1916 condition courtesy of the lottery fund, and now expects to become another major tourist draw-card for Belfast and Northern Ireland.

The ship was one of the fastest afloat in its day and during the Battle of Jutland was used as a scout and escaped any major damage.

She was later brought to Belfast and used as a drill training ship and even a naval operations headquarters during the Second World War.

Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. HMS Caroline, one of the world's most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. HMS Caroline, one of the world's most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. HMS Caroline, one of the world's most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. HMS Caroline, one of the world's most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. HMS Caroline, one of the world's most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. HMS Caroline, one of the world's most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. HMS Caroline, one of the world's most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. HMS Caroline, one of the world's most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. HMS Caroline, one of the world's most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. Prince Michael Michael of Kent is pictured with Admiral Sir Jonathon Bond, Secretary of State Theresa Villiers and First Minister Arlene Foster at the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. Members of the colour party take part in the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies on board HMS Caroline. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. General view of the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. Prince Michael Michael of Kent is pictured at the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Local sailors take part in the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. Prince Michael Michael of Kent is pictured at the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Military bands take part in the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. Prince Michael Michael of Kent is pictured at the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Local sailors take part in the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. Prince Michael Michael of Kent is pictured at the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. Prince Michael Michael of Kent is pictured at the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. First Minister Arlene Foster at the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. Prince Michael Michael of Kent is pictured at the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. Prince Michael Michael of Kent is pictured with Jeff Mayton at the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. Prince Michael Michael of Kent is pictured at the Commemoration of The Irish Sailor and Centenary of Battle of Jutland ceremonies at Alexandra Dock where HMS Caroline is docked. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Pacemaker Press 31/5/2016 A Video is shown during The commemoration which takes place at HMS Caroline on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, as Belfast hosts a special all-island commemoration for Irish sailors who died in World War One. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 31/5/2016 Wreaths are thrown overboard during The commemoration that took place takes place at HMS Caroline on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, as Belfast hosts a special all-island commemoration for Irish sailors who died in World War One. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 31/5/2016 The commemoration takes place at HMS Caroline on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, as Belfast hosts a special all-island commemoration for Irish sailors who died in World War One. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 31/5/2016 The commemoration takes place at HMS Caroline on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, as Belfast hosts a special all-island commemoration for Irish sailors who died in World War One. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 31/5/2016 Prince Michael of Kent during The commemoration at HMS Caroline on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, as Belfast hosts a special all-island commemoration for Irish sailors who died in World War One. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 31/5/2016 The commemoration takes place at HMS Caroline on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, as Belfast hosts a special all-island commemoration for Irish sailors who died in World War One. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 31/5/2016 First Minister Arlene Foster and Secretary of State Theresa Villiers during The commemoration at HMS Caroline on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, as Belfast hosts a special all-island commemoration for Irish sailors who died in World War One. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 31/5/2016 The commemoration takes place at HMS Caroline on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, as Belfast hosts a special all-island commemoration for Irish sailors who died in World War One. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 31/5/2016 Cadets during The commemoration which takes place at HMS Caroline on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, as Belfast hosts a special all-island commemoration for Irish sailors who died in World War One. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. General view of HMS Caroline. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. General view of HMS Caroline. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st May 2016 - HMS CAROLINE MARKS 10,000 IRISH SAILORS IN WW1 HMS Caroline, one of the worldÕs most historically significant war ships, is the focus of a unique commemoration of 10,000 Irish sailors who participated in the First World War on Tuesday May 31. Moored in Alexandra Dock in BelfastÕs QueenÕs Island the ship which has undergone a major Heritage Lottery Fund-backed restoration programme, joins commemorative events across the UK including Jutland Bank in the North Sea and Kirkwall in Orkney where the British Grand Fleet mobilized ahead of the Battle of Jutland. Cadets make final preparations at HMS Caroline. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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