CONSERVATION work on a veteran vessel of the First World War will be completed using crowdfunding to help raise cash.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy is using crowdfunding – where small donations are gathered from a large number of people online – to raise some of the money needed to complete the restoration.
The museum has set a target of £19,150 to be raised online to reflect the 1915 anniversary date of the Gallipoli campaign, of which HMS M33 is the sole surviving Royal Navy ship.
This is less than 10 per cent of what the museum needs to raise to complete its fundraising campaign for HMS M33, as £250,000 still needs to be found.
Matthew Sheldon, project director for the M33 launch said: ‘We describe her as a little ship with a big history and the beauty of crowdfunding is that you don’t need to contribute large amounts to ensure she is safe for the future
‘Those donating to the crowdfunding campaign receive a number of benefits according to the level of their gift.
‘These range from social media acknowledgement via “shout outs” thanking them individually, to free tickets, limited edition postcards up to special tours of the ship with an experienced curator.
‘Most importantly though, those donating have the unique opportunity to contribute to saving a fantastic piece of our naval heritage that will be open to visitors for many, many years.’
HMS M33 is the sole surviving Royal Navy vessel from the Gallipoli campaign fought between April 1915 and January 1916 in what is now Turkey.
Over 100,000 personnel from around the world lost their lives during the fierce campaign and the ship will be the backdrop to one of three events being commemorated nationally to mark the centenary when she opens on August 6.
The appeal will run for one month from today at indiegogo.com/at/m33.