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Old 28th September 2009, 12:55
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RFA Grey Rover

See tug Ayton Cross is berthing outboard of Grey Rover tomorrow.
Is she on the move soon ?
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Old 29th September 2009, 12:51
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Have just been reading Queens Harbour Master Portsmouth for tomorrow.
It advises Grey Rover will be towed from her berth at Portsmouth at 1500 hours Wednesday 30th September by tug Ayton Cross, to Outer Sea Buoy
and then towards Nab Pilots.
Can anybody confrim where the Grey Rover is bound please.

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Old 29th September 2009, 23:59
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Apparently bound for Liverpool. Ayton Cross shall then return to pick up Sir Percivale and also take her to Merseyside.
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Old 30th September 2009, 07:21
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At least Grey Rover is going to a respectable end in a British recycling facility, giving employment to Britons!!
Great ship, the best of the Hebburn built trio! Sadly a chunk of me from 1969-70 goes with her; not many of us still around from the build days at Hebburn.
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Old 30th September 2009, 09:00
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A sad day. Nice looking Tankers, and for me, Grey Rover was the first ship I ever recognised as a little kid, I guess my interest in ships started with her really.
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Old 30th September 2009, 10:10
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I served two years in her 84-86 and am unable to get over from the Island today to take a last photo.
Would be very grateful if someone could and post.
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Old 30th September 2009, 10:14
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Greetings,
She was my first RFA in 1971 and at the time she was operating as the FOST/Portland Tanker. I found it quite strange after 8 years in the commercial world trying to keep as far away from other ships as possible suddenly the entire cculture changed to how close could you get without hitting them.
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Old 30th September 2009, 13:56
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"Sources close to Whitehall" inform me that she is off to Birkenhead. I fell better thinking that she is off to that "Big RAS Corridor in the sky".
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Old 30th September 2009, 20:07
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To the best of my knowledge, there is no shipbreaking going on in Birkenhead, and never has been, at least in my experience.
The ship demolition activity is in Liverpool docks.
We do have four RFAs here undergoing refit. Is it a possibility that Grey Rover is perhaps being prepared for disposal other than scrapping?
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Old 30th September 2009, 20:14
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Pat mon Brave, according to my "Source in Whitehall" sadly not, razor blades are the order of the day. Regarding my "Senior moment" apropos Birkenhead please put it down to my advancing senility.
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Old 30th September 2009, 20:53
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Perhaps they will be taking bits out of her first for those still in service?

Will be arriving over the weekend I presume which should be OK for pics as tides are around midday.

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Old 30th September 2009, 20:55
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To the best of my knowledge, there is no shipbreaking going on in Birkenhead, and never has been, at least in my experience.
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Pat,

You forget all the Russian trawlers, and some others, that were scrapped in the drydocks before they filled them in.

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Old 30th September 2009, 21:02
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Sad to see her go then, I worked on her many moons ago in Lairds.
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Old 30th September 2009, 21:04
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You forget all the Russian trawlers, and some others, that were scrapped in the drydocks before they filled them in.

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Scouse,
When did that happen?
I must have nodded off!
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Old 30th September 2009, 21:12
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She didn't go today chaps! QHM announced cancelled until further notice. I think there is a problem with one of the tugs.
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Old 30th September 2009, 21:53
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So that's alright then.
We live to phot another day !
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Old 30th September 2009, 22:43
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More likely cancelled due to the weather forecast for the Irish Sea. Picked that up on the VHF whilst waiting for them to leave.
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Old 1st October 2009, 10:58
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QHM says Monday at the earliest and the cancellation yesterday was due to
the weather.
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Old 2nd October 2009, 16:49
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Understand now that Wednesday is the latest.
The tug is restricted to 2m swell and force 4 wind for the whole passage
to Liverpool so to find a five day window at this time of the year may be
quite difficult.
Perhaps she will wait till the Spring !
Or go to Pounds of Portsmouth if it still exists.
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Sounds as though they have sent a boy on a man's errand.
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Old 2nd October 2009, 23:02
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Pounds won't do the job, the yard dosn't have the facilities.
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The Liverpool Echo reports the both the Grey Rover and Sir Percivale are bound for Bootle for scrapping.

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Old 6th October 2009, 22:24
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Tug Ayton Cross now showing as in Southampton according to AIS. Grey Rover remains in Portsmouth with the tow ready. Any news on when she will depart? Many happy deployments spent on her over the years and will be sad to see her go.
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Old 6th October 2009, 22:33
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According to the Liverpool Echo, a representative of Carmet Towing stated that Grey Rover is scheduled to leave tomorrow (7/10/09). So it would appear that Ayton Cross is out of the picture.
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Old 6th October 2009, 23:03
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Grey Rover is not shown on QHM Portsmouth movements for Wednesday the 7th. Oct
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