Belfast - HMS Caroline

In Belfast’s Titanic quarter lies the light cruiser, HMS Caroline, which was put into service in 1914 and came to serve throughout First World War and participated in the battle of Jutland in 1916. In 1922 she was partially withdrawn from service and placed in the British fleet reserves. From 1924 she served as a training vessel. During Second World War she was anchored in Belfast harbour and served as Belfast’s naval headquarters. Many of the convoy ships that sailed between North America and Britain with supplies had Belfast as their home port. After the war, she was again used as a training ship and was not taken out of service until 2011. After some discussions about the vessel’s future, she has been a floating museum in Belfast harbour since 2016.

Current status: Preserved with museum. (2023).

Address: Alexandra Dock Queens Rd, Belfast, BT3 9DT.

Get there: Car.

My comment:

Whether she likes it or not, Caroline is heavily overshadowed by the nearby Titanic museum. Probably the most famous and mythical ship that ever existed and was built in Belfast between 1909 and 1911.

Follow up in books: Jonathan Dimbleby: The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War (2016).