Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Editor's Viewpoint: A ship worth saving

Hms Caroline is a ship with a proud heritage - the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and a training vessel for the Royal Navy Reserves here - but it faces the scrapheap in just two months time. Docked in Belfast it could be saved if there is the political will at Stormont and turned into a tourist attraction.

The bill might seem steep - £5m to bring up to scratch and £250,000 a year to maintain - but it would be a pivotal part of a maritime heritage trail in the Titanic Quarter and could prove a big visitor draw and novel venue for corporate entertaining. But the politicians at Stormont must act quickly to save this old war veteran.

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