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I heard the Egyptian navy still has an ex-British black swan sloop which name was formerly HMS Whimbrel, if I spelled the name correctly.

I also heard some plans for preservation, as it seems she is out of commission and under threats to be broken-up

Could someone direct me to some good website covering the subject? I hope she can be preserved somehow. Hope this piece of British Legacy can be protected. Onece broken-up, it will never come back.

Thank you for your help
 

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vchiu said:
I heard the Egyptian navy still has an ex-British black swan sloop which name was formerly HMS Whimbrel, if I spelled the name correctly.

I also heard some plans for preservation, as it seems she is out of commission and under threats to be broken-up

Could someone direct me to some good website covering the subject? I hope she can be preserved somehow. Hope this piece of British Legacy can be protected. Onece broken-up, it will never come back.

Thank you for your help
Vchiu
Try this website

http://www.mikekemble.com/ww2/whimbrel.html
 

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The surrounding area as well as the Whimbrel is well worth a browse on google earth 31°11'15.28"N 29°51'20.38"E



It would be nice to see her back in Britain.
 

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I believe there's also a WW2 destroyer (can't remember the name, begins with a Z I think) in Egypt that they want to bring back as well.
 

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Impressive

and amazing that some navies kept some ex RN ships for that a long time! This underlines the sturdiness of those ships.

I really hope the project of restoring the Whimbrel and the Destroyer will be a success. A war veteran should be regarded with the utmost respect.

There aren't WW2 French Navy units (sailing vessels excepted) that still exist today. The Maille Breze which was nicely preserved was built in 1957.

Our Richelieu Battleship was considered for preservation in the 1960's but it was considered too expensive :mad: . A disgraceful feat for a ship that helped France save its honor.
 

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Preserved destroyers

There should be no need to preserve another World War II frigate or destroyer. My father was a plater at J.S. White's shipyard at Cowes, Isle of Wight, where HMS Myngs was converted upon transfer to the Egyptian Navy. I can remember about 1963-4 when the ex-Myngs and Zenith returned to Britain as "El Kaber" and "El Fateh" for full refits at J.S. White's.

There are already two of J.S. White's destroyers preserved - HMS Cavalier (built as yard no.1928 in 1944) and ORP Blyskawica (yard no.1801 delivered in December 1936). The latter achieved fame by helping to defend the town of Cowes against a fierce attack by the Luftwaffe in May 1942, and the ship is now beautifully maintained by the Polish Navy at Gdynia.
 

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I heard the Egyptian navy still has an ex-British black swan sloop which name was formerly HMS Whimbrel, if I spelled the name correctly.

I also heard some plans for preservation, as it seems she is out of commission and under threats to be broken-up

Could someone direct me to some good website covering the subject? I hope she can be preserved somehow. Hope this piece of British Legacy can be protected. Onece broken-up, it will never come back.

Thank you for your help
There is a web site belonging to the HMS Whimbrel project at :

http://www.hmswhimbrel.org/

Full details are shown there

Bill
 

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Hi, you heard correctly!

There is indeed a campaign underway by the HMS Whimbrel Project Team to save and restore this beautiful piece of British Naval and Wartime history - and not only that, but to return her to her former home in Liverpool, Merseyside by 2008.

However, they need to raise £2m to do this and are looking for as much help and support as possible from any and all interested parties.

You can find out more at www.hmswhimbrel.org
 

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On Look North West tonight, 20th.Sept, there was a piece about the project on raising £2M. This ship has strong links to the port of Liverpool, helping to escort convoys safely across the Atlantic, during the Second World War.
It may be possible to find out more from the BBC website under the North West region. It showed the ship as she is today in Egypt, almost the same as the day she left the Royal Navy.
 

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I heard the Egyptian navy still has an ex-British black swan sloop which name was formerly HMS Whimbrel, if I spelled the name correctly.

I also heard some plans for preservation, as it seems she is out of commission and under threats to be broken-up

Could someone direct me to some good website covering the subject? I hope she can be preserved somehow. Hope this piece of British Legacy can be protected. Onece broken-up, it will never come back.

Thank you for your help
Hello

Bill Andersond ITF inspector have a project underway now to bring the vessel back to Liverpool when they raise enough finance. It will be part of the North Atlantic Convoy based in Liverpool, RMT branches are giving donations.

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A recent press article stated that the asking price for the former HMS Whimbrel has been increased from £250,000 to £1million. It is unlikely that the project can proceed and a further opportunity for Liverpool (and the country) to reclaim a significant historic vessel has been lost due in part to delays
 
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