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HMS Caroline

HMS Caroline, a light cruiser built in 1914, is the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland, and the last survivor of the Grand Fleet which lay at the heart of Britain’s power and politics in the period 1905 – 1918.

There is no other ship of Caroline’s type and period surviving anywhere else in the world. With her elegant ram bow and characteristic early 20th century profile, HMS Caroline is uniquely placed to commemorate the greatest big gun sea battle in history and act as a living memorial to the lives of the seamen who died both at Jutland and throughout the First World War. Through her later roles as a static base in Belfast, Caroline also commemorates those who served in the North Atlantic Convoys of World War Two, and the men and women of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who have played and continue to play such an important role in Britain’s naval history.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has been working tirelessly to ensure that she is protected, with the aim of opening her to the public. The upcoming centennial commemorations of the outbreak of World War One and the Battle of Jutland mean that it is the perfect time to present HMS Caroline to the public.

You can find out more about HMS Caroline on the NMRN Website

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