Hampshire council leader visits historic M33 warship

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THE work needed to bring one of only two surviving World War One warships back to life has been seen by the leader of Hampshire County Council.

Councillor Roy Perry visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to see what steps are being taken to safeguard the future of HMS M33 (Monitor).

The warship was acquired by Hampshire County Council’s Museums Service in 1990 to preserve her heritage.

The council has recently put in a joint bid with the National Museum of the Royal Navy to bid for Heritage Lottery funding towards the extensive work required to get her ready to welcome visitors on board.

Cllr Perry said: ‘The historic M33 coastal bombardment vessel is of considerable national importance, having been launched in 1915 and features in the National Register of Historic Ships.

‘She is one of only two WWI warships left in this country and without work to restore her, she could disappear from history altogether.

‘If our lottery funding bid is successful, the M33 will play an important role in Hampshire’s First World War commemorations and will join the ranks of the nation’s most significant historic warships, here at the Historic Dockyard, for years to come.’