Editor's Viewpoint: A ship worth saving
Published 30/05/2012 | 08:00
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.