HMS Caroline is due to open its doors to the public on 1st June, the day after a commemorative event on 31st May to remember the Battle of Jutland.
A few months ago I was treated to a hard hat tour of this historically important naval ship, which played a role in the Battle of Jutland, the last great naval battle ever fought.
The ship has been docked in Belfast since 1924, and now on the 100th centenary of Jutland, it will open to the public to learn about the history of this last remaining ship of the Great and High Seas fleet. To hear that HMS Caroline is the last ship remaining in the fleet of 250 ships indicates its importance and legendary status.
Billed as the worlds most advanced floating museum, the newest addition to the Belfast tourist trail is a great attraction to the area. Along with the sleek looking naval ship at Alexandra Dock ,part of the development of the area includes a refurbishment of the Pumphouse and a closer connection between the two tourist sites.
At the time of my tour, the ship was still deep in refurb mode, with major cleaning, paint stripping and remodelling of areas taking place. An exciting find during the work, was the discovery of the original paint colour of the Royal Navy ships. This colour was only ever guessed before and to finally find the exact colour of the original paint was very exciting.
It’s a very sleek and streamlined ship, clearly designed to power through the water at speed. It’s an impressive sight to look at it face on, and worth visiting to experience a taste of naval history right on our doorstep.
£12 per adult
£26 family ticket
£5 per child
More at https://tickets.historicdockyard.co.uk/WebStore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=NMRN&C=CAR
Find out more about HMS Caroline and what to expect at www.nmrn.org.uk/exhibitions-projects/hms-caroline