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HMS Caroline opens to public after Battle of Jutland commemoration

By Staff Reporter

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.

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