Having read with concern your reports (News, May 31/June 1) of the uncertain future for HMS Caroline, I thought I should write and stick my oar in.
This old light cruiser has been part of the Belfast waterscape for the best part of a century. There is no comparable ship in the UK's inventory and, as one that took part in the major action of WWI, she has real historic importance.
Furthermore, whereas there are a number of famous, and some not-so-famous, warships open to the public in Britain, Northern Ireland does not have one - and there is none better than this one.
Preserving HMS Caroline, ideally as part of the Titanic Quarter, would be an appropriate reminder of Ireland's links with the Navy.
The First Minister will, I am sure, not allow this piece of our maritime history to sail away out of sight and without a fight.
Banbridge, Co Down