Belfast Telegraph

HMS Caroline set fair for her relaunch on centenary of Battle of Jutland

By Lesley Houston

A historically significant Belfast-based warship undergoing a £11.5m restoration is on target to open as a floating museum on the anniversary of its most famous battle.

HMS Caroline, the last survivor of the Great War's Battle of Jutland in 1916, will open to the public next summer.

The vessel, a light cruiser, has been based in Northern Ireland for more than 90 years and has undergone the first stages of restoration towards its transformation into a museum and visitor attraction.

The opening date is due to coincide with the centenary of the battle, on May 31, 2016.

Captain John Rees, chief of staff of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, described the ship as a "living legend".

The restoration has been assisted by the Lottery and the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell said: "As the last floating survivor of the Battle of Jutland, HMS Caroline is an integral part of the rich tapestry of maritime history at the Titanic Quarter. I have no doubt it will prove to be a popular draw for tourists when it opens as a world-class museum."

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