HMS Plymouth heading for scrap

#2
What a shame.

Couldn't they tie her up next to HMS Belfast? Or even HMY Britannia. Or indeed in one of the many empty berths in the RN Dockyards?
 
#8
They've been trying to flog Plymouth to anyone who would keep her for years, ever since the historic warships people stopped being able to afford the upkeep on the ones they had at Birkenhead and sold the site off for luxury flats.

Plymouth's dumped round the corner from where she used to be waiting to be towed away (unless she's gone in the last week), Onyx went to Barrow, the German uboat is at the Woodside Mersey Ferry terminal down the road cut into sections and there was a landing craft too but I've no idea where that went.
 
#10
If you're coming from Birkenhead town centre towards the Belfast ferry terminal you can see Plymouth on your left as you cross the red bridge (if she's not been moved since a couple of weeks back) sat in a back dock waiting to be taken. The old girl's in shit state, frankly, and would probably cost a fortune just to get to museum standard now.

 
#11
She don't look happy...

What a sad, sad shame though. Wonder why the RFCA/SCC didn't help out a little? Perhaps used her as accomdoation and a 'base' for their SCC type stuff... Depending where she was moored obviously.

You have thought that a ship where the surrender was signed would have merited some looking after.
 
#12
What a shame.

Couldn't they tie her up next to HMS Belfast? Or even HMY Britannia. Or indeed in one of the many empty berths in the RN Dockyards?
Alongside Belfast was tried a few years ago, but the Maritime Museum couldn't afford to take on another ship.

I e-mailed Leith harbour a few weeks ago, but haven't had a reply yet. Thanks for reminded me, will have to follow that up.

Martin Slater,
Secretary HMS Plymouth Association.
 
#13
What happened to HMS Onyx?
Apparently, the Onyx is still sitting up there and there are rumours that she will be going for scrap as well.

Martin Slater,
Secretary HMS Plymouth Association.
 
#14
They've been trying to flog Plymouth to anyone who would keep her for years, ever since the historic warships people stopped being able to afford the upkeep on the ones they had at Birkenhead and sold the site off for luxury flats.

Plymouth's dumped round the corner from where she used to be waiting to be towed away (unless she's gone in the last week), Onyx went to Barrow, the German uboat is at the Woodside Mersey Ferry terminal down the road cut into sections and there was a landing craft too but I've no idea where that went.
The landing craft 'Landfall' was deliberately sunk by Peel in West Float, as there had been kids getting on board and because of her condition there were concerns that a very serious accident would occur, maybe even causing a fatality.

Martin Slater,
Secretary HMS Plymouth Association.
 
#15
If you're coming from Birkenhead town centre towards the Belfast ferry terminal you can see Plymouth on your left as you cross the red bridge (if she's not been moved since a couple of weeks back) sat in a back dock waiting to be taken. The old girl's in shit state, frankly, and would probably cost a fortune just to get to museum standard now.

I was on board on Friday 13th and yes she does look in a shit condition externally, but most of it is mainly cosmetic. There are places on the upper deck which are, after six years of neglect, going rusty. Below decks is in extremely good condition and wouldn't take much to put right.

Obviously, the main sticking point with saving her has always been a berth and the MoD in Plymouth don't seem to want her in South Yard. God knows why!!

The Association haven't given up hope yet. As long as she is still there, there is still a chance. Very slim maybe, but still a chance.

Martin Slater,
Secretary HMS Plymouth Association.
 
#16
She don't look happy...

What a sad, sad shame though. Wonder why the RFCA/SCC didn't help out a little? Perhaps used her as accomdoation and a 'base' for their SCC type stuff... Depending where she was moored obviously.

You have thought that a ship where the surrender was signed would have merited some looking after.
We've had communications over the years from a few SCC Units wanting to use her as their HQ, but again the big stumbling block has always been the berth.

Martin Slater,
Secretary HMS Plymouth Association.
 
#17
Thanks for that Martin - I'm a local and I've got happy memories of going to see her and Onyx when I was a kid. It's sad to see her dumped in a back water rusting away now. I'm glad she's not as bad as she looks inside! Good luck finding her a new home.
 
#18
Thanks for that Martin - I'm a local and I've got happy memories of going to see her and Onyx when I was a kid. It's sad to see her dumped in a back water rusting away now. I'm glad she's not as bad as she looks inside! Good luck finding her a new home.
As I said, we'll keep trying until there is no hope left!!
 
#19
Have a word with the Submarine Museum. They've launched an appeal to improve Alliance's setting and keep her viable for the foreseeable future (they may have got some Lottery funding). It's a sad indictment of this country's attitude towards its naval heritage that we are unable to see the value in preserving and showing off Plymouth as an example of good warship design.
 
#20
There was talk about her coming to rosyth but nothing ever came to it :(
 

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