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  HMS Caroline 2006 and Somme Heritage Centre

The Branch went on a trip to Belfast to tour HMS Caroline on Saturday 25th February 2006. 45 members were taken on tour on one of the oldest active British Naval vessels. Berthed in Alexandra Dock in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast. HMS Caroline is the second oldest commissioned warship in the Royal Navy and now serves as the HQ for the Ulster Division Royal Naval Reserve. A Caroline Class Light Cruiser of 3,750 tons displacement, HMS Caroline was laid down by Cammell Lairds, Birkenhead on 28 January 1914 and launched in September of that year. During the First World War she served as part of the 4th Light Cruiser Squadron, based at Scapa Flow and took part in the Battle of Jutland; indeed she is believed to be the sole survivor of that great naval action. Following the war she took part in a series of trials involving a Sopwith Camel aircraft before a final commission in the Far East. Having come to Belfast in 1924, Harland and Wolff carried out the conversion work for her new role, in which capacity she continues to serve.

Originally fitted with 8 Oil-fired boilers, 4 Parsons Double Reduction steam turbines drove 4 shafts, developing 40,000 shaft horse power, giving her a maximum speed of 29 knots.

Later in the day, the group proceeded to Conlig, Bangor for a guided tour of the Somme Heritage Centre

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