Doomed ship leaves River Mersey to be scrapped

Doomed warship HMS Plymouth has left home, sailing the River Mersey, on its final journey to be scrapped in a foreign port.

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Campaigners on Merseyside fighting to save an historic warship say they're not giving up, even though the vessel's on its way to the scrapyard.

It was on HMS Plymouth where the surrender document was signed at the end of the Falklands conflict.

She's spent the past decade at the docks in Birkenhead, whose owners say her condition has deteriorated so badly they've no choice but to dispose of the warship.

But the HMS Plymouth Trust hope a last-minute legal challenge could save her as Daniel Hewitt reports:

Doomed ship leaves River Mersey to be scrapped

HMS Plymouth Credit: PA

Doomed warship HMS Plymouth has left home, sailing the River Mersey, on its final journey to be scrapped in a foreign port.

The Royal Navy ship, where the Argentinians formally surrendered their garrison after invading South Georgia during the Falklands War, could not be saved, despite a 25-year long fight since it was decommissioned in 1988.

She sailed on the morning tide on the Mersey, leaving her berth for the open seas and is thought to be heading for a port in Turkey where she will be scrapped.

Campaigners had raised money to launch a legal action to have the ship "arrested" and prevent the ship leaving.

But Peel Ports, who own Vittoria Dock in Birkenhead where she has languished rusting and unloved for years, said they had no "practical choice" but to scrap the vessel.

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