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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2016, 06:48:41 PM »

Well I don't suppose that a Turkish scrappie would give me a couple of million but if anybody interested in the last remaining Invincible class vessel in UK waters wants to cross my palm with a few dubloons then they can have the ex RN recruiting 31ft version, on road trailer, needs 4 new tyres, buyer collects .
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #26 on: October 01, 2016, 07:36:25 PM »

Dam right out of doubloons though lol, would be fun at the lakeside though
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #27 on: October 01, 2016, 09:13:27 PM »

Lake ? lake never... well maybe Windermere :} but a calm sea is all I ask %)   Lakeside can be a problem, see picture >:-o
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #28 on: October 21, 2016, 01:21:26 PM »

Well ship movements for 24th are posted and no mention of "Lusty" she is hanging on  :o
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2016, 01:39:51 PM »

The two tugs used previously, Christos  XXIII and Izmir Bull are still recorded as being in Greece and Turkey respectively.

Might be worth looking for tugs in the Channel approaches.

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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #30 on: October 21, 2016, 04:13:59 PM »

Lusty is currently in the centre of the Russian fleet in the English Channel, heading for the Med'. 
Strength in numbers, plus the Russian carrier usually needs a standby tug so logistics are being shared.
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2016, 10:13:30 AM »

Monday's movements have been removed from QHM Portsmouth website.

I can't see any tugs around the area or out to Biscay.

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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #32 on: October 22, 2016, 10:35:28 AM »

On Friday, QHM lists the weekends movements through till Monday. Saturday and onwards, just that day and one ahead.
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #33 on: October 22, 2016, 11:13:09 AM »

Thanks for the info.

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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #34 on: October 24, 2016, 01:35:02 PM »

Any news chaps?
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #35 on: October 24, 2016, 01:43:56 PM »


Not as yet Adam, 24th has come and nearly gone so its a case of hanging in there

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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #36 on: October 24, 2016, 01:52:52 PM »

Nothing for 25th either and I still can't see any likely tugs on AIS.

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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #37 on: October 27, 2016, 12:11:21 PM »

From HMS Illustrious Association Website posted 27th October:

The Latest News concerning the departure of HMS Illustrious, is that she will bemoved from her current location in 3 Basin in HM Naval Dockyard into tidal waters.It is understood that she will depart the UK for the last time sometime in November 2016 however an exact date has not been confirmed as this is subject to the Tugs that will be towing herarriving on-time and of course it is subject to weather conditions not only inUK waters but through the Bay of Biscay. 
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #38 on: October 27, 2016, 03:06:03 PM »

Cheers Colin, glad they have gone firm on a date "sometime in November"  {-) {-) {-) .
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #39 on: October 31, 2016, 06:25:05 PM »

May not mean anything but one of the tugs that was previously used, Izmir Bull/Reg Eagle, is currently en route from Turkey to Malta.

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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #40 on: November 02, 2016, 08:51:00 PM »

Update on HMS Illustrious Association website:

HM Naval Base PRESS OFFICEThe departure of Illustrious on the 9th November 2016 'Looks Unlikely'

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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #41 on: November 03, 2016, 04:53:35 PM »


beat me to it Colin, saw it on Lusty web site, first time seen a date mentioned.

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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #42 on: November 20, 2016, 12:37:49 PM »

There is a report in today's Sunday Times (20 Nov) which confirms a rumour I had read previously that a business consortium have offered 3m for the ship with a further 12m to be spent on refitting her as a museum/leisure/hotel facility to be moored on the Thames, preferably near Greenwich.

It appears that the MOD are not very receptive saying that the ship has already been sold (for about 2.1m I think). The consortium have offered to buy it from the shipbreakers but there is a clause in the sale contract which says the ship cannot be sold on although no doubt the MOD could waive this. Presumably the shipbreakers will also want the profit they would have got from breaking up the vessel.

All this may explain why there have been no signs of movement at Portsmouth and why the shipbreaker's tug used to move one of the other carriers and previously berthed at their yard, has been anchored off Malta for the last ten days.

I think the MOD have always been determined to see her scrapped though.

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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #43 on: November 20, 2016, 06:34:49 PM »


 Wheeling and dealing, maybe Colin  {:-{ {:-{
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #44 on: November 23, 2016, 07:13:04 PM »


 Shame she could not be listed as a heritage work of art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #45 on: November 23, 2016, 10:09:35 PM »

.... or a royal residence , the country needs the income from tourism I tell you  >>:-(
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #46 on: November 29, 2016, 03:07:45 PM »

Illustrious is being moved into tidal waters tomorrow  Wednesday 30th November.

According to the Illustrious Association Website:
The Latest News concerning the departure of HMS Illustrious, is that she will removed from her current location in 3 Basin in HM Naval Dockyard into tidal waters on the 30th November 2016 and this has been confirmed by Queens Harbour Master Shipping movements where she will be moved to Lock D. Her departure date is likely to be 9th or 10th December although this has not been confirmed by any official source.

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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #47 on: November 29, 2016, 03:54:45 PM »

Looks like she is going then Colin, did not think they would accept that offer, although it was left a tad late >>:-(
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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #48 on: November 29, 2016, 04:09:32 PM »

It does indeed. Having been aboard USS Intrepid at New York I really don't think they could have done the same thing with Illustrious. Intrepid is much bigger with a larger hangar and stuffed full of US historic warplanes. Plus there is a Concorde on the quay alongside and the ship is moored bang in the centre of Manhattan.  Conversion of Illustrious for public access and hotel accommodation would be very expensive and it is hard to believe that the ship could ever have paid her way even if berthed near Greenwich which could also have posed problems as a berth with direct shore access would be essential.

I expect to be down at Portsmouth tomorrow with some friends although it might be difficult to see very much depending on exactly what they do with the ship.

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Re: HMS Illustrious farewell
« Reply #49 on: November 29, 2016, 05:07:05 PM »

Just found this quite interesting document specifying the condition the vessel will be in ready for towage.

Heads are all flushed apparently!

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/546816/20160208-LUST_SALES_General_Part_Feb_16_archived18august2016.pdf

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