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 the first world war and participated in the battle of Jutland in 1916. In 1922 she was partially withdrawn from service and placed in the reserve of the British fleet, and from 1924 she served as a training vessel. During the second world war she was anchored in Belfast harbour and served as the naval headquarters in Belfast. 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 her 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 wants to or not, Caroline must kind of get caught up in the shadow of the much more famous museum about the Titanic, which is in the same area. 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).