Last remaining director of HMS Plymouth Trust vows to fight on
THE last remaining director of a trust set up to try to save the warship HMS Plymouth has vowed to fight on.
"The HMS Plymouth Trust has not fallen apart," Laurence Sharpe-Stevens told The Herald. "Other directors have resigned with the result I have sole directorship of the trust.
"The main fall-out was over the company articles which unknown to us at first gave total control to the Navy Training Corps and put them first before the ship. These articles will be changed to fair and open ones.
"The ship is not lost yet and the fight is far from over."
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Last October veterans dealt a blow to the campaign when the HMS Plymouth Association pulled out of the trust.
This was followed by the resignation of trust directors.
The trust was set up to raise £400,000 to buy the ship from its owners, Peel Ports, and turn her into a floating museum and training ship.
It was believed that HMS Plymouth had been sold to a Turkish ship breaker and would leave for the Mediterranean at the end of September last year.
The deadline came and went with no sign of movement.
Last month a dock spokesman from Birkenhead told The Herald that HMS Plymouth was still at her berth at Vittoria Dock. He had no information about any likely new developments.
The frigate was built in Devonport in 1959.
She finally ended up in Birkenhead where, in a joint partnership between the Warship Preservation Trust and Wirral Borough Council she was opened to the public in May 1992. The trust went into voluntary liquidation and the ships were closed to visitors in 2006.