HMS Caroline

The Alexandra Graving Dock was built between 1885-89 following a petition which was presented to the Harbour Commissioners in 1881 by Harland & Wolff, for additional fitting out facilities. In 1885 Princess Alexandra cut the first sod and gave her name to the new dock. At 253m (830ft) long the design reflected the new leaner ships of the nineteenth century.

Alexandra Dock is occupied by HMS Caroline, built in Birkenhead in 1914. She was the lead ship of a class of six light cruisers and is believed to be the only survivor of the infamous Battle of Jutland in 1916. She came to Belfast in 1924 to serve as the headquarters of what is now the Royal Navy Reserve, and was converted at Harland and Wolff for this purpose. Still retaining many of her original features, she is now on the National Historic Ships Register.

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