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WWI vessel HMS Caroline is ready to open as a museum

By Linda Stewart

Published 07/05/2016

HMS Caroline opens to the public in June as a museum and community hub
HMS Caroline opens to the public in June as a museum and community hub

The first tickets to board HMS Caroline have gone on sale at Visit Belfast in Donegall Square North, Belfast.

The light cruiser is the last remaining vessel from the First World War's pivotal Battle of Jutland, and has been transformed into one of the globe's most advanced floating museums. HMS Caroline saw action in the infamous sea battle on May 31, 1916, and will be the focus of international commemorations of the conflict at the end of this month.

The historic vessel, moored in Belfast's Alexandra Dock beside the Science Park, opens to the public on June 1. Thousands of visitors are expected to board her in the coming months, to experience a unique journey back to a century ago and a life at sea during war.

The ship has been in Belfast since 1924. It has been restored and fitted out with exhibition areas and interactive suites to highlight the role of 10,000 Irishmen who joined the Royal Navy during the First World War.

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