Let's support vessel which already exists
Having read the article in yesterday's Herald by Neil Mitchell, HMS Plymouth or Mayflower replica, I wonder what planet he is living on.
He puts a "realistic ballpark estimate" of £5 million costs to house her here in Plymouth. Utter rubbish.
Where did he get his ideas of costs from as they are certainly not facts.
There are no accrued debts currently. Peel Ports do not own HMS Plymouth, they merely took the ship and put it in their own docks without anyone's permission. Now they are trying to get money to release her.
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Towing charges from Birkenhead to Plymouth are in the region of £125,000, but it is possible that a tug company has offered to wave charges I understand.
As for restoring the ship in respect of visitors and safety requirements – this has already been done and passed by the authorities, no cost there.
Mr Mitchell's comments regarding "a thin metal ship with a 30-year shelf life" are a sign that he only wants his own, costly, £5 million pound Mayflower Replica. Will that not also have a shelf life and on-going costs, probably far higher if he is talking of a wooden ship?
Linking HMS Plymouth with the museum, already there and with berths to spare will make this whole area a major tourist attraction, at a fraction of the cost of the replica he envisages.
Also, what Mr Mitchell seems keen to ignore is that both ships have a history in and with Plymouth.
One exists, now and is ready to go, the other a pipedream currently. Will an expenditure of £5 million help the "presently dis-jointed" Mayflower Heritage he talks of?
If it is disjointed surely this should be first put right before embarking on such a financial venture.
If Mr Mitchell would like to get the ball rolling himself towards his £5m target (his figure) I would support him in his endeavours, but in the meantime, and initially, I am wholly behind the return of the ship which actually exists and bears the city's name and supports our proud naval history.