If you visit Belfast’s Titanic Quarter don’t just stop at the museum, walk on down the Queens Road, past the old Harland & Wolff Paint Hall, which has now been turned into a large film studio where, most famously, the HBO Series Game of Thrones is often filmed. After a short walk you will come to the Alexandra Dock, the home of HMS Caroline.
HMS Caroline is the oldest surviving ship in the Royal Navy, having been commissioned in 1914, she went on to serve with the fleet at Scapa Flow, seeing action at the battle of Jutland in 1916. In 1924 she was arrived in Belfast, where she became a training ship for the Royal Naval Reserve. She also went on to become the headquarters of the Royal Navy in Belfast during the Second World War.
In more modern times she has continued as a training ship for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve but was eventually decommissioned in 2011. However, in 2013 plans were announced to renovate her into a tourist attraction and work has commenced with the intention of having the old ship play a fitting part in the Battle of Jutland centenary in 1916.
The photographs above show Caroline in her berth at the Alexandra dock in Belfast, conveniently located between the Titanic Museum and the Thompson dock and pump house, famous as the Titanic’s dock, it is definitely worth a look if you are visiting the Titanic Quarter. All photographs were taken on a Fuji X100s with a circular polarising filter and converted to black and white in Lightroom CC using MacPhun’s Tonality Pro and Noiseless Pro plugins.