HMS Plymouth F126, Birkenhead

Originally I had been looking for the old crate of a mine sweeper HMS Bronington, having lost our bearings slightly we found this little gem. After ditching Sui’s car that has a hard time locking we were soon planning a route into the docks.
One large wall and then another 6ft palisade fence later we were running through the dock keeping close to the warehouse walls, the shadows of buildings give you some false safety.
After the obligatory toilet break and affixing of tripods under the flatbed of a truck we planted our feet onto the deck. From then on Sui disappeared one way, Aos in the opposite direction and myself and OneByOne stuck together being careful to remain in the shadows built by the huge dock lanterns.

HMS Plymouth is a Rothesay class frigate, which served in the United Kingdom Royal Navy from 1959 to 1988. She was named after the city of Plymouth.

Plymouth was one of the first Royal Navy ships to arrive in the South Atlantic following the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

Plymouth was hit by four bombs and several cannon shells. One Bomb hit the flight deck, detonating a depth charge and starting a fire, one went straight through her funnel and two more destroyed her Limbo anti-submarine mortar. All of the bombs failed to explode. Five men were injured in the attack. She returned to Rosyth Dockyard after the war for full repair and refit
The following year, Plymouth served as the West Indies Guardship which included several days anchored off Belize.

On the 11th March 1984 Plymouth was involved in a collision with the German Frigate FGS Braunschweig and in 1986 she suffered a boiler room fire, killing two sailors.

Plymouth City Council had expressed an interest in HMS Plymouth, and the HMS Plymouth Preservation Trust undertook the raising of the £250,000 needed to bring the warship back to her home city.

It had been hoped that the frigate could be berthed at Millbay Docks, but the offer of a berth was withdrawn in January 2007 by Associated British Ports.

Similar to the Duke

Cheers to anyone who still reads this collection!

One thought on “HMS Plymouth F126, Birkenhead

  1. i served on a rothsay class during the cold war isnt it about time we had a cold war museum plymouth and a submarine one of the old nukes the war boy have there museum but the cold war boy have no record of jobs done and we must have done it well for we are still here and not blow to dust so this old ship that was home to so many deserves a better place in history these ship were loved by there crews typhoons hurricanes bad north atlantic weather they kept us safe and brought us home


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