01 May 2012

Plan to rescue ship from scrap yard fate:

A MAHOGANY-hulled minesweeper with an uncertain future could be a tourist attraction for Swansea, a former commander has said.

David Evans, of Swansea Marina, said HMS Bronington — currently berthed at Birkenhead — was once commanded by Prince Charles.

According to news website Click Liverpool, the vessel faces the scrap yard. She had been looked after by a preservation trust but it went into liquidation in 2006.

Martin Heighton, director of National Historic Ships UK, told Click Liverpool that her days were numbered unless someone came forward with a viable rescue plan.

Mr Evans, who used to command minesweeper HMS St David, said maintaining her would not be too onerous. "She would fit into the pontoon next to the (Helwick) lightship," he said. "I would spearhead trying to get volunteers to form a (maintenance) team."

Source: South Wales Evening Post. 7 April 2012

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