Enthusiasts pay tribute to surviving WW1 ships

The Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov as seen from HMS Somerset in the Moray Firth

Royal Navy ship shadows a Russian destroyer

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FROM dramatic sea battles and rescue missions to transporting essential supplies, ships played a vital role during the First World War.

Owners of historic ships, including First World War vessels, met with National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a special event to celebrate the contributions they made to the war effort.

Martyn Heighton, director of NHS-UK, said: ‘It was both a pleasure and great honour to host so many owners and those connected with these vessels. It is because of their dedication and passion that we are able to commemorate the essential maritime stories of more than a century ago through vessels that were there during the war and are still with us today.

‘Events like this are a vital way to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of the importance of the conflict at sea. We would love to hear from anyone with a vessel on our register or one that has not yet been registered, which was the focus of a First World War story or event.’

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