[WWI] GALLIPOLI VETERAN WARSHIP HMS M33 TO BE RESTORED IN TIME FOR CENTENARY
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GALLIPOLI VETERAN WARSHIP HMS M33 TO BE RESTORED IN TIME FOR CENTENARY
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One of Britain’s two surviving World War 1 warships is set to be restored
to her original glory with the firm hope of nearly £2m of lottery funding.
The cash injection would bring monitor HMS M33 – in a dry dock in
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – to life and allow the public to tour her in
2015, in time for the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign she took
HMS M33 provides a fascinating insight into the role the Navy played in
World War 1.
*The only surviving British ship from the Gallipoli campaign is to be
brought back to life in time for the battle’s 100th anniversary thanks to
the firm hope of nearly £2m of lottery funding.*
Monitor HMS M33 once shelled Turkish positions in the Dardanelles during
the ill-fated campaign to advance up the peninsula, seize Constantinople
and knock the Ottoman Empire out of World War 1.
For nearly 20 years, the gunship has been slowly undergoing restoration
work in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard just a stone’s throw from Nelson’s
That work should now be completed – allowing the public to go aboard M33
for the first time – as the Heritage Lottery Fund has earmarked £1.79m for
the restoration project.
It means the fund supports the plans drawn up by the historic ship’s
owners, Hampshire County Council, and the National Museum of the Royal Navy
– and is awaiting a detailed bid, which will be made in the new year.
Should that succeed, it means work can be carried out in time for the
centenary of Gallipoli in 2015.
The 100th anniversary of the campaign is one of two key events the Royal
Navy intends to commemorate as part of the centenary of the Great War
between 2014 and 2018 (the other being the clash of dreadnoughts at Jutland
in May 1916).
M33 is one of only two Royal Navy warships left from World War 1; there are
substantial plans to restore the other, Jutland veteran cruiser HMS
Caroline, which is in Belfast.
Professor Dominic Tweddle of the National Museum of the Royal Navy said the
monitor – basically a floating gun platform built with the sole aim of
hammering targets ashore,
"*Was a precious part of our national naval heritage."*
“*We’re absolutely thrilled. We’ve long seen M33 as both culturally and
historically important, and this symbolises the start of a new era for her.”
Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said the M33
project was one of 119 connected with WW1 her organisation was funding.
*“HMS M33 provides a fascinating insight into the role the Navy played in
World War 1,”*
*“This project will enable visitors to go aboard the historic warship for
the first time and explore the stories of those who fought on board – the
fund is committed to helping people across the UK to learn about and tell
the stories of the war.”*
Ordered, built and commissioned in barely three months, M33 served in the
later stages of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign, including the landings at
Suvla Bay, and spent the rest of the Great War in the Mediterranean.
At the war’s end she was dispatched to Russia as part of the campaign to
support anti-Bolshevik forces.
She was later converted to a minelaying training vessel as HMS Minerva,
served on the Clyde in World War 2 as a floating workshop for boom defences
and finally became a floating office supporting the RN’s victualling yard
The Royal Navy decided it no longer required her in the 1980s and she was
eventually bought by the county council in 1990, to begin the slow
“*We are absolutely delighted by this fantastic news,”*
said Cllr Keith Chapman, Hampshire’s Executive Member for Culture,
Recreation and the Countryside.
*“We have long known this warship is of national and international
significance. Without Hampshire County Council’s initial intervention to
acquire the ship – and now this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund –
the M33 could have been lost forever.” *
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