Princess Royal Reopens HMS Caroline After The Ship Was Shut For 3 Years Due To Covid
The Princess Royal recently reopened HMS Caroline after being shut down for three years due to the pandemic.
Princess Anne is a supporter of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the owner of the World War One Ship.
It was a “pleasure: to be there, and she said as she gave the small group of guests a quick tour of the ship’s hallways, living areas, and engine room.
The ship had a renovation eight years ago, and over the previous three years, more work has been done on it.
At the dedication of a plaque in the ship’s drill room, Princess Anne expressed her appreciation to those who have substantially contributed to “rejuvenating” HMS Caroline.
She complimented the ship’s condition and said it was “still afloat” more than 100 years after it was built, making a lighthearted contrast to “other famous ships from the area that are not so much afloat”.
The one surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland in 1916 will now not reopen until April 2023, despite having been originally planned to do so this past summer.
The living quarters, engine room, sick bay, and mess deck of the ship have all been updated to replicate the circumstances that the original crew experienced in 1914.
John Taylor, an engineer who spent 29 years on board, expressed his affection for the ship. He stated that people are unaware that we are seated there because of Titanic Exhibit.
Without Caroline, I’m not sure where I would be. He said, “My wife was a serving wren when I first met her on the ship.
While the family was at sea, Caroline, one of his children, was baptised.
Although HMS Caroline’s contribution to World War One is widely recognised, he claimed that ” many people don’t realise that she was a great communication ship in the Second World War.”
More than 90% of the ship’s original parts and structure, according to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, have been preserved.
The only remaining floating ship from the Battle of Jutland in 1916 is HMS Caroline.
It has been anchored in Belfast since 1924 and was constantly used as a teaching vessel until 2011.
After being restored, the ship is currently recognised as one of the most important historical tourist attractions in Northern Ireland.
Reference: BBC, Yahoo