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For internet sale: aircraft carrier, only three [careful] owners
By Neil Tweedie
(Filed: 10/01/2004)


For the man who has (almost) everything it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Tired of corporate jets, ocean-going yachts and seafront properties in Barbados? Then what about your very own aircraft carrier?

Habitués of the internet auction site Ebay were taken aback over the New Year by the offer for sale of the vessel formerly known as HMS Vengeance. The 16,000-ton carrier, which has had only three careful owners, was placed on the website by an unknown broker just after Christmas.

Bidding was brisk as boys in search of the ultimate toy let their imaginations soar. The prospect of being able to intimidate small island nations proved too much for some, and offers - not necessarily realistic ones - quickly reached £4 million.

"I want this for Christmas," drooled one eager prospective buyer.

Under the headline "British aircraft carrier for sale on Ebay (for real)", the brokers promised "we are a shipbroker, not an arms dealer" before explaining how the ship was a must-have, the ultimate sea-going statement.

It could, they said, be put to less violent use as an offshore tourist attraction or hotel complete with large flightdeck for easy access by helicopter. Then some spoilsport suggested that Vengeance might be classed as "ordnance", making it illegal for Ebay to sell it.

Whatever the reason, the vessel disappeared suddenly from the site.

Vengeance, a light fleet carrier of the Colossus class, was launched in 1944 and entered service with the Royal Navy just in time for the end of the Second World War.

The British sold off surplus carriers after the war, and Vengeance was loaned to the Australians. In the mid-Fifties it was bought by the Brazilians and renamed Minas Gerais. It was decommissioned in 2001 and is now berthed in Rio de Janeiro awaiting sale.

Naval enthusiasts in Britain are hoping to preserve the ship as an attraction, but a less dignified fate, including use as a theme park or scrapping, appears more likely.

The owner, whose identity is being kept secret, is understood to be seeking somewhere in the region of £3 million for the ship, which boasts modern satellite communications equipment - but no aircraft, missiles or bombs.

Friends of HMS Vengeance Site

Ship of dreams: the ultimate toy
 

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<font color='#000080'>OOOO if we all put in a tenner you reckon we could put a deposit on it??

Take it to the farnes and sink it "it was an accident honest guv"
 

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<font color='#000F22'>Sod the Farnes lets dump it in 60m off the west wales coast (sheltered spot of course)
 

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Yeah it's real alright, Radio 2 were discussing it on friday, but they were quoting 90 million as the asking price! Apparently all the weapons and such like were removed long ago.
 

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Quote[/b] (Reeve @ Jan. 11 2004,11:09)]Sod the Farnes lets dump it in 60m off the west wales coast (sheltered spot of course)
<font color='#000080'>wales is miles from me!  Hows about we take it to keilder dam (deep enough to sink it in) and create the biggest inland diving site!

We could charge a fortune to let people dive it, have a bottom car park that gets full in 5 minutes flat and have huge queues for air fills!  Oops, stoney cove got there first with most of that!
 

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That'll be  THIS one! Check the speciality listings for some odd boats!. The Woods Hole one of Titanic finding fame used to be on it.

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<font color='#FF0000'>sod that the ultimate livaboard me thinks just go any where and dive, pure majic.
 

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Quote[/b] (louigi @ Jan. 11 2004,18:44)]sod that the ultimate livaboard me thinks just go any where and dive, pure majic.
Some stride entry though.

1 thousand
2 thousand
check canopy

SPLASH  


Then a longgggggggggg ladder.
 

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Quote[/b] (Adrian Kelland @ Jan. 11 2004,18:51)]
[b said:
Quote[/b] (louigi @ Jan. 11 2004,18:44)]sod that the ultimate livaboard me thinks just go any where and dive, pure majic.
Some stride entry though.

1 thousand
2 thousand
check canopy

SPLASH  


Then a longgggggggggg ladder.
<font color='#000080'>my exact words would be along the lines of:

fuck
bollocks
fuck
bollocks

shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

splash.

 

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Forget the giant-stride entry chaps: have a bag of the Steam Catapult to send you over the side - 102 knots in less than 3 seconds! Happy daze!
 

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<font color='#000080'>I want one. Damn, my birthday was a month ago. Well, I suppose Branson's present can wait til next year.


You could make yuor money back dead quick with holidays on this thing though, couldn't you? I mean, what's 90 million divided by 1,400 YDers???

Anyway, I thoght ebay bids were contractual, and once you've bid you need a very good reason to retract?
 

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<font color='#000080'>Naa!!

Just think of the booze cruise you could get with that carrier. Its even got a lift onboard to help you on board with your duty paids. Imagine how many shopping trollys you could get on the flight deck?

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