WORK is under way to restore one of only two remaining British First World War ships in time for the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.
HMS M33 is kept in dry dock at the Historic Dockyards in Portsmouth, but is not open to the public.
This Royal Navy coastal bombardment ship, built in 1915, provided support for the landing of Allied forces during the 1915-16 campaign.
The project would open up the ship to the public.
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller, visited the ship on a recent trip to Hampshire.
She said: ‘I applaud Hampshire County Council and The National Museum of the Royal Navy for the work they are doing together to conserve and restore this important historic ship.’