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Report - HMS Plymouth, Birkenhead - April 2014

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  1. Six

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    History -
    "HMS Plymouth was a Royal Navy Rothesay-class frigate. Named after the English city of Plymouth, she was commissioned in 1959. Plymouth was one of 12 ships built in the new Rothesay class; which began replacing the ageing Whitby (Type 12s) in the mid 1950s. During active service in the Cold War, the ship was sent to the Far East and Australia where she was the lead vessel in several squadrons. In 1982, Plymouth was one of the first Royal Navy ships to arrive in the South Atlantic during the Falklands War. She was decommissioned in 1988.

    After the warship was paid off, Plymouth was set aside as a preserved vessel. Throughout the 1990s she was opened to the public at various ports throughout the United Kingdom. The final mooring was at Birkenhead where she became the undertaking of Peel Holdings. A preservation society - established to save Plymouth - accused the company of deliberately allowing the ship's condition to deteriorate. Despite several attempts to raise money to turn the former warship into a museum ship, Peel Ports sold Plymouth for scrap. She was towed to Turkey for dismantling on 20 August 2014, and had been scrapped by the end of the year."

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    Probably one of the weirdest explores I've ever done (mainly just because it was on a ship). We knew we were going to have to be a bit stealth when it came to actually getting to the HMS Plymouth but we didn't bank on there being a working ship in the port filled with workers and all it's lights on that we'd have to walk past. Not a bother on the way in but on the way out the Port was pretty busy and we had no option but to just go for it. Aside from a friendly Polish worker yelling "Hello" at us and waving (whilst we frantically hushed him and scurried past) it was a successful explore.

    I wish I'd taken more pictures and spent more time on the ones I did take, but I was too busy fucking about wearing a Sailor's hat I'd found and pretending to be Captain of the ship (as is appropriate in those kinds of circumstances).

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  2. Benyy

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    Thats pretty epic mate :thumb
     
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    This is brill mate! Love it!
     
  4. Six

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    Thanks guys :)
     
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    That's pretty cool that :thumb:thumb
     
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    Amazing Photos
     
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