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World War II Chatham Destroyer in award vote final
HMS Cavalier
The HMS Cavalier is an educational tool as well as a memorial

The Chatham Historic Dockyard is hoping to win your vote to help it win a National Lottery Award for one of its star attractions.

Its World War II destroyer, the HMS Cavalier, is competing against two other projects for a £2,000 prize.

HMS Cavalier is in the final of the Best Education category in the National Lottery Awards.

The ship was acquired by the dockyard for preservation and display as the National Destroyer Memorial.

The memorial, alongside a commissioned monument of public art, is dedicated to the 11,000 sailors and 143 British destroyers which were lost at sea during the World War II.

Inside the HMS Cavalier
Lottery funding enabled the ship to be brought from Tyneside to Chatham

Until 1999, HMS Cavalier, which was the Royal Navy's last operational World War II destroyer, was rotting in a dry dock on Tyneside.

£490,000 of National Lottery funding made it possible for the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust to purchase and transport the ship to Chatham, where a large-scale restoration project began.

Now restored, the warship is a heritage attraction and the focus of a range of educational programmes.

Children can stay overnight onboard the HMS Cavalier to get the real experience of life on board a World War II vessel.

If the ship wins, the £2,000 prize will be used to continue its educational programmes.

Votes for the HMS Cavalier can be posted on the National Lottery website .

As a finalist, the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, will appear in a BBC TV programme in September.




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