News: No, it’s not a hurricane. It’s Horatio Nelson spinning in his grave.

12 September, 2008 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

BBC: Charity may run historic warship

Portsmouth Today: MOD consider ‘giving away’ HMS Victory

Telegraph: Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory could be put in hands of private company

Times Online: Navy may hand over Nelson’s flagship to a charity


“(…) This magnificent ship means so much to both naval people and the whole nation – selling it to a private firm would turn it into Disneyland and would be its ruin. (…)”
Lt Cdr Michael Cheshire, now retired, who was Commanding Officer of Victory from 1992 to 1998

“(…) The range of options that the Ministry of Defence is putting out for consultation are leaving the Victory with the Navy, public ownership by another government department or public body, setting up a new charity for the ship or using an existing one. (…)”

Despite all assurances coming from the MOD, I’m really suspicious about the goings-on regarding the Victory. Will a charity have to try and beg for funds over and over again to maintain the ship? Or will we see the flag featuring the Starbucks-mermaid flying in Portsmouth? Maybe Donald Trump could turn the Victory into a novelty golf course? How about a nightclub, or, hey, here’s an idea, a reality show? “I’m a Celebrity, get me out of the Orlop!”

If you ask me: Buckingham Palace is far too expensive. Relocate the royal family and turn the place into council flats.

But at least we have the comfort of knowing that the Ministry of Defense would do something sensible with the £ 1.5 they’d save in yearly maintenance.

Oh, wait…

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