HMS Plymouth petition

slim

War Hero
Though I enjoyed serving in Eagle & Ark Royal I would never have supported any scheme to save them from the scrapyard. Both ships served their country well and both ships retired with dignity. To preserve a warship is not only extremely expensive initially but the ongoing costs are also crippling.
The money could be utilized more wisely.


Standing by for incoming.
 

kingoftwigs

War Hero
I have to agree with slim, if we preserved every ship that had some emotional attachment we would have no money for anything else. The Victory costs a fortune to upkeep and, whilst some revenue is recovered by visitors, is becoming a heavy weight when costs are put into comparison with those for adequate kit for squaddies serving abroad. Why not set up a trust to cover expenses from donations, I'm sure there would be plenty of willing supporters.
 

safewalrus

War Hero
the Plymouth is NOT just a ship that served in a minor war in the Southern Ocean - shes the last of a lot of ships of a particular clas that made up the backbone of the Royal Navy in the 50's 60's and 70's even the 80's) and for this reason she should be saved! This class (and its variations) and the men who served on them were in every theatre during that period! Probably some of the hardest working peacetime vessels the Royal Navy ever had - I had three of them - they were not fun, but made a good job of every thing thrown at them, often in sh** conditions both for the ships and the crews! The Flower class corvette and the Algerine and 'ton mine sweepers were others - we don't have any of those - why not, they are as much the history of this country as the Victory, the Warrior or any great leader! End of Rant
 
mazza_magoo said:
apparently she's been saved, the petition is about now finding a berth for her. I stand by to be corrected

mm

I think she has been saved from the scrappers and also the scrappers
don't really want her due to the cost of decontaminating her --ie asbestos
etc etc. with all the new rules .
Mind you with all the prices of scrap metals rising due to the requirement of the Chinese industrial expansion it may overcome the no scrapping option.

As for the Falklands --Plymouth took some punishment out there and was very lucky to survive it .
 

lesbryan

War Hero
kingoftwigs said:
I have to agree with slim, if we preserved every ship that had some emotional attachment we would have no money for anything else. The Victory costs a fortune to upkeep and, whilst some revenue is recovered by visitors, is becoming a heavy weight when costs are put into comparison with those for adequate kit for squaddies serving abroad. Why not set up a trust to cover expenses from donations, I'm sure there would be plenty of willing supporters.

No govern ment money has been spent an saving any of these ships.Lottery money yes in some cases no taxpayers money
 
safewalrus said:
the Plymouth is NOT just a ship that served in a minor war in the Southern Ocean - shes the last of a lot of ships of a particular clas that made up the backbone of the Royal Navy in the 50's 60's and 70's even the 80's) and for this reason she should be saved! This class (and its variations) and the men who served on them were in every theatre during that period! Probably some of the hardest working peacetime vessels the Royal Navy ever had - I had three of them - they were not fun, but made a good job of every thing thrown at them, often in sh** conditions both for the ships and the crews! The Flower class corvette and the Algerine and 'ton mine sweepers were others - we don't have any of those - why not, they are as much the history of this country as the Victory, the Warrior or any great leader! End of Rant
Which ones did you have? Did you serve on the incredibly rusty Rhyl? Chefs would scrub out the galley, get wet in the boiler room, my god that ship was hard work, did the far east on her with the Tiger as flagship. I remember the Plymouth & Yarmouth her sister down south. Fearless did not seem so bad after that draft.
 

ANGWISH

Lantern Swinger
Saw a notice for this on the Ganges website and suggested a few contacts. maybe get her parked up beside the Britannia in Leith
 

BlueBoy

Newbie
Yep. HMS Plymouth costs the taxpayer nothing. It was profitable as The Falklands Memorial ship up in Birkenhead, and the only reason she couldn't stay was because of a luxury apartments development being built where she's berthed.

As for the Type 12 class... after a couple of Leanders,it was like being drafted back to the stone age... but I had some f*****g good runs ashore from her on a Belize deployment.

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/plymouth/
 
Signed up, have seen a lot of the Plymouth as I live in Birkenhead, seems a shame that they couldnt find a permanent berth here, there was talk of setting up a maritime museum, but it all fell apart.
Its a pity that a great shipbuilding town like Birkenhead cant find the wherewithall to develop what could have become a major tourist attraction....
 
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