Lantern Swinger
An appeal has been issued by the National Museum of the Royal Navy for anyone connected to the World War One HMS Caroline to make contact. The NMR
N is currently compiling an oral history of the ship and its many different functions and duties throughout the 99 years of its life.

HMS Caroline, the last remaining floating survivor of the 1916 Battle of Jutland, received a stay of execution last month when the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Northern Ireland Department for Enterprise Trade and Investment agreed a plan to restore, preserve and exhibit the ship in time for the 100th anniversary of Jutland.

NMRN Director General Professor Dominic Tweddle says he is delighted that the Caroline is officially being gifted to NMRN by the Ministry of Defence and that the ship is staying in Belfast.

“Many of us breathed a huge sigh of relief and following our collective efforts to rescue this magnificent piece of history we want to bring Caroline back to life and collect as many stories from relatives of those who served on her and possibly actual veterans themselves,” he says

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the appeal. She said: “HMS Caroline is a strong and distinctive part of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter and it is important that the full story is told. So many people from different walks of life will have had a connection with the ship, whether themselves or through a family member, during the 99 years of its life. If these memories can be recorded, they will add to what is already a rich tapestry of maritime history in Northern Ireland.”

Anyone with any relevant information is invited to contact the National Museum of the Royal Navy through the Friends of Caroline organisation by emailing Pete Cochrane : email: [email protected] or Pete Bleakley: email: [email protected]


Lantern Swinger
The 'Friends of HMS Caroline' have received alot of Dit's and Phot's from ex-members and relatives of those who served or had connections with Caroline. Last week we discovered a Veteran who served onboard HMS Caroline during WW2, he's 92 and his whole family have naval connections, especially with Caroline. We are hoping to arrange a meeting with him, with a film crew to record the event, onboard Caroline would be excellent!

If you know anyone or have any details please inform the Friends of Caroline,


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