Boost to campaign to save historic warship

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THE future of one of the UK’s most significant surviving First World War warships has been given a huge boost after it was earmarked for almost £2m of Lottery funding.

HMS Monitor M33, which is at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, took part in the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915.

Hampshire County Council and the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) have been campaigning to save her and the £1.79m boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund means plans can be made to bring her back to life.

The organisations will be working together to make sure she is ready for the centenary commemorations of the Gallipoli campaign in 2015.

Professor Dominic Tweddle of the NMRN said: ‘This is a great example of a successful partnership coming together to save a precious part of our national naval heritage.

‘We’re absolutely thrilled. We’ve long seen M33 as both culturally and historically important, and this symbolises the start of a new era for her.’

A final bid will be submitted to HLF early next year, which if successful will allow the restoration to begin.

It is owned by the county council but will be transferred to the NMRN by 2015.