Lights out for the Lion

#1
This Months Navy News reports that both HMS Fearless and HMS Intrepid are to be Scrapped. the article says "Despite ambitious plans to turn the 'mighty lion' in to a floating hotel/hostel and a museum to the 1982 conflict in which she played a pivotal role, the only serious proposition was, sadly, the srapyard.

Whitehall announced earlier this year the intrepid would be broken up now the Disposal Services Authority has agreed that Belgian firm Van Heyghen Recycling can pull both apart

Both ships are currently awaiting their fate in Portsmouth Harbour where they have been moored for serval years.......


Shame really, does anyone know who I could contact for a visit to take some photo's before they are srapped or would it be the Disposal Services Authority ?????

Regards

Duncan
 
#8
I agree, there is a site for trying to save HMS invincible already, surely the tax payer would not object to giving one to a museum, lets face it as tax payers we paid for them in the first place

So its either going to be the MOD or some one at the naval base to write to???

Duncan
 
#9
Dunc0936 said:
I agree, there is a site for trying to save HMS invincible already, surely the tax payer would not object to giving one to a museum, lets face it as tax payers we paid for them in the first place

So its either going to be the MOD or some one at the naval base to write to???

Duncan
I'm sure that the taxpayer would have no objection. However the real cost is the upkeep of these vessels. Who pays for that?
 
#10
Dunc0936 said:
I agree, there is a site for trying to save HMS invincible already, surely the tax payer would not object to giving one to a museum, lets face it as tax payers we paid for them in the first place.
You'd probably find that in principle people will get all sentimental over them but when it comes to the crunch how many nurses/ hospitals/ schools/ immigrant execution centres etc would he money pay for.

Experience from the other museum ship, can't recall the name, is that joe public isn't prepared to put the money up himself either.

So its either going to be the MOD or some one at the naval base to write to???
The telephone number above is a Portsmouth Naval Base (PNB) extension.
 

wet_blobby

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#12
Although I'd love to see one donated to a museum they will probably be sold for a pittance because it'll cost a fortune to dispose of all that oil, sludge, asbestos and other nasties lurking in them.
 
#15
Passed-over_Loggie said:
Ready made Prison ships, I would have thought. A bit more concrete below the waterline would work wonders.
The accomodation might be good enough for matelots but wouldn't meet the high standards required by criminals.
 
#17
I think the cost of sorting her out regards oil etc, could be done at a later date and over a period of time, the main thing would be to save her, but alas i feel it might be to late for that, there does not seem to be much in that way of thinking in this country, especially in the armed forces, we either sink them, sell them off to other countries or srap them, rarely and only after a lot of fighting are they saved, HMS Belfast being an example

Duncan
 

sgtpepperband

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#20
Maybe Dunc0936 and UncleTom are two parts of the same personality [sic] and - as no-one is talking to him - he now resorts to having conversations with himself... :wink:
 

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