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PostPosted: 17 Oct 2012 17:42 
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Historic Warship’s Future Secured FOR IRA OLD SAILORS TRAINED BY JACK DUSTY.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

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The future of HMS Caroline was secured today (Friday, October 12) with a one million pound pledge, which means the historic warship can stay in Belfast.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund said it would commit the cash to help restore the vessel to its former glory.

The announcement was made during an event to reveal plans to mark the centenary of the First World War at the Imperial War Museum in London.

HMS Caroline, the last survivor of the 1916 Battle of Jutland, is currently berthed at Alexandra Dock and is in need of major restoration.

It is hoped that when restored the boat, which was one of the fastest warships of its time, will form part of a maritime heritage trail in Belfast's rejuvenated docklands.

UK Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, Mark Francois, said he was pleased its future has been guaranteed.

He said: "This is one of the most historic fighting ships in the world, one which played a role in a battle which was decisive in the outcome of the First World War. It was critical that the ship was preserved and made accessible to the public."

Meanwhile, Peter Bleakley from the Friends of Caroline which has been campaigning for the retention of the ship in Belfast welcomed today's announcement.

He said: "This is fantastic news. The priority is getting the ship our of the water and repairing the leaks. The ship should have been dry docked every five years but, because of a lack of funding, this was never done. The ship is leaking and additional pumps have had to be purchased to help deal with the problems.

"The one million pounds will help secure the general safety of the ship.

" DEPENDING HOW MUCH IS LEFT EFTER THE IRA, GET THEIR GRUBBT PAWS ON IT

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UK Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, Mark Francois, said he was pleased its future has been guaranteed.

He said: "This is one of the most historic fighting ships in the world, one which played a role in a battle which was decisive in the outcome of the First World War. It was critical that the ship was preserved and made accessible to the public."


"The one million pounds will help secure the general safety of the ship.

" DEPENDING HOW MUCH IS LEFT EFTER THE IRA, GET THEIR GRUBBT PAWS ON IT


Jutland - a major scrap with no actual definative vicotry for either side - generally speaking a complete waste of time! Killed a lot of guys on both sides and accomplished nothing - gave amny admirals and politicians something to crow about - on both sides!

as for the money I guess that £1000 might come in handy (after necessary expenses to various organisations that need paying off)


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As you said mate" Proved nothing except that most of the admirals know f'all about fighting with ships at sea. but they sure know how to entertain sheilas at wardroom parties with their tales of their heroic part they played. in playing a draw, that was won by both sidess, depending on which cocktail patry you were attending.

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and I bet there were a lot of cocktail parties (in various wardrooms both sides of the North Sea) after that little shindig - and the lads of course got the usual fare - here's yer tot it might make the 5h1t we give ye palatable!! then back to work - wot you mean you only have one arm, your an 'ero ain't that enough!


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