The cruiser HMS Caroline, the last surviving Navy ship that took part in the battle, was also built at Laird
's. It is now a floating museum in Belfast ....
BBC1 Northern Ireland broadcast an hour-long programme on the restoration of HMS Caroline last Sunday entitled "Belfast's Forgotten Hero: HMS Caroline". You can catch it on BBC iPlayer until the end of this month. Well worth a look, as some 80% of the ship is much as it was when she left Laird's yard in 1914.
Thanks for the heads-up about this programme - it was very interesting. The ship really is something of a time capsule of Laird
's workmanship, although the makeover has markedly altered it in some respects.
One niggle was that the presenters repeatedly emphasised that the engines were Parsons turbines, powered by oil, but kept showing clips of blokes shovelling coal into ships' fireboxes.
However the restoration really was a painstaking effort, especially building the replica guns and caulking the deck planks with oakum. That's one job I wouldn't fancy! If I ever get to Belfast, I'll definitely have a look at the Caroline.