In the UK, plans to save a historic ‘unique’ D-Day ship docked in Southampton have been unveiled – ending years of anxiety over her future, after having, as Afloat reported, also passed a career dealing with transatlantic passengers in Galway Bay.
According to the DailyEcho, the tug Calshot has been acquired by a marine restoration company, which is developing proposals to restore the vessel over the next three years.
Tomorrow Calshot (was towed May 25) from Southampton Docks to James Wharf to Ocean Quay to Belvidere Road.
(Afloat adds another former Aran Islands ferry, Naomh Éanna (see article) which is still languishing in disrepair in one of the remarkable Georgian dry docks built by Dublin’s Grand Canal Docks Basin).
The Calshot was launched in 1929 and has helped maneuver the world’s largest ocean liners into or out of port.
In 1944, it was one of more than 7,000 ships that took part in the D-Day landings.
It transported sections of the famous Mulberry Port across the Channel to France and also served as a “HQ ship without assault”.
But the Southampton-built ship was declared unseaworthy by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in 2017.
For years it was owned by the Tug Tender Calshot Trust (TTCT), which warned it was slowly deteriorating and should be moved ashore in an effort to preserve it for the nation.
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