We're getting behind Northern Ireland's finalist in the Heritage category of the National Lottery Awards 2018... and we need YOUR vote!
HMS Caroline, the 100-year-old naval vessel and sole survivor of the World War 1 Battle of Jutland, has been announced as a finalist in the National Lottery Awards 2018.
The ship, which opened in 2016, followed by the completion of a visitor and exhibition centre in the restored Pump House and refurbishment of Alexandra Dock earlier this year, was the recipient of the largest ever Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £11.5m in 2014.
Since opening, Caroline has welcomed intrepid explorers curious to know what life was like during The Battle of Jutland, the largest sea battle of the First World War.
A further look in and around with Captain John Rees OBE...
NI EXPLORER ON BOARD
When the ship reopened after the major refurbishment, we made full steam* to the Titanic Quarter and were one of the first for a look around (check it out here). Impressed at how much was packed in, we've kept a close eye since then on both Caroline and Belfast's growing maritime heartland.
Naturally, when the HMS Caroline told us about the Lottery Award, we quickly snapped up the chance to get on board* and spread awareness for the public voting needed. After all...
MORE AWARDS = MORE AWARENESS = MORE VISITORS = BETTER ECONOMY = BETTER NI
*Great puns, eh? :)
TO VOTE FOR HMS CAROLINE
Choose from three simple ways...
- Click here: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/heritage, or
- Call 0844 836 9701, or
- Tweet your message with #NLAHMSCaroline (FYI this hashtag is only for Twitter, doesn't work on Instagram).
And should you need help:
All voting is independently verified by the Electoral Reform Services - full details via link above.
YET TO EXPERIENCE HMS CAROLINE?
Visitors are taken on an immersive ‘Jutland Experience’ on board, from the sights and sounds of the devastation of battle to historic spaces such as Captain’s Quarters, Marines' Mess and the heart of the ship; the Engine Rooms which drove HMS Caroline through the historic war years.
The Pump House is also home to an extensive visitor and exhibition centre featuring much of the original Edwardian era machinery and technology, medals and artefacts from those who served on board.
AND KIDS GO FREE ALL SUMMER!
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(with help from Max 🐶)
Last week (when there was no end of sunshine in sight) we headed for a walk down Belfast's 'Maritime Mile' - stretching from the 'Big Fish', past Titanic Belfast and on down to HMS Caroline.
Chatting with the team while there (Max lapping up the attention) we learnt a few more things in addition to our first tour of the ship last year....
HMS Caroline is nearly 15 dog years old
That’s 104 human years - the ship launched on 21st September 1914.
...and 113 Maxs long
The light cruiser is 135.94 metres, originally constructed in Birkenhead shipyard, taking nearly a year to complete.
She weighed the same as 83,333 Maxs
That's 3,750 tones - over the years the ship actually gained weight with things like the addition of a firing range on-board.
Her paint alone weighs 111 Maxs
The "Jutland Grey" paint (as it became known as) used to return the ship to its original colour weighed 5 tonnes!
A few more facts - equally as interesting, but harder to relate back to Max... :)
She is the last remaining British WW1 light cruiser ship still afloat
And is the sole survivor of the Battle of Jutland - the only major naval battle of World War 1.
Caroline was moved to Belfast Docks in 1924
She become the static, floating headquarters of the newly formed Ulster Division of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve - active until as recent as 2009.
HMS Caroline is now a museum and heritage space
...and a memorial to 10,000 Irishmen who lost their lives at sea in World War 1. a fitting reminder of those who lost their lives at sea in World War 1’
450 jobs were created by the restoration and ongoing heritage project
This includes the restoration of the ship, the Alexandra Dock and the Pump House, over a period of four years. This was funded by the HLF and NI government.
The furniture, guns, sleeping quarters, sick bay equipment and other details and features were made in Belfast
...by the same team who created sets and items for the Game of Thrones and Star Wars series.
HMS Caroline is the only ship in the world to still house four original Parson’s steam turbines in situ
This is probably one of our favourite parts from when we had our tour. The noise!
Though animals can't climb aboard the ship - too many tricky holes on the walkways for one - there's still plenty to explore around the Alexandra Dock area. It's a great route to walk the dog and you can actually walk the whole way round the ship.
If you're heading, make sure to check out the view of HMS Caroline from the bridge at the front...and also check out the new Cafe 1404 there. It's dog-friendly too!
VOTE FOR HMS CAROLINE
The project is Northern Ireland's only finalist in the National Lottery Awards 2018 and needs your vote!
Full details at the top of this page - click here to jump there.