Telegraph: Inside HMS Plymouth

dapperdunn

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Book Reviewer
Acording to the HMS PLYMOUTH f/b page, she is no more. Despite all the leagal wranglings, Peel Ports have had their way and she is now lying around a Turkish breakers yard in pieces.
You can see inside from outside
 

dapperdunn

War Hero
Book Reviewer
HMS Plymouth trust Ltd, posted on Facebook on Tuesday evening, that they had been out to Turkey, been in the shipyard and actually seen her in pieces in the scrapyard.
 

Not_a_boffin

War Hero
Very sad though it is to see Plymouth lost, the legal action is p1ssing in the wind. What on earth do they expect to achieve? If undeclared material - who's fault is that? That'll be the long-time custodians of the ship then, rather than Peel ports. Even in the unlikely event that they win - who's going to pay for the tow back?

HMS Whimbrel was an equally worthy case with perhaps a better chance of return from that part of the world and that didn't happen either.

Simple fact is that the ship as a museum did not generate enough money to pay its way. Whether that was location, bad luck, general indifference or a combination of all, who knows, but without a working way of generating money, all such projects are doomed. That is why if anything is to come of the Illustrious preservation idea, it will need to be somewhere with a largeish tourist trade and similar business/conference venue demand. I doubt that place is Hull........
 

Dusty31

Midshipman
At Hull Sea Cadets RNP (big inspection night for the cadets) last month, the Inspecting Officer - a serving Vice Admiral whose name I've forgotten - made noises to the effect off that Hull or Southampton (the two cities bidding to be hosts) will need to raise £10M per year just to keep Lusty alongside, and that they will only "own" the ship for two years as MoD's preferred option is to see her being scrapped.
 

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