Friends to save the very last British,
Commonwealth and South American Second World War Aircraft Carrier Preservando a História da
Naval Aviação Brasileira - Conte sua História. Incorporating Save the
This website was launched in December 2001 to
commemorate joint Anglo - Brazilian Anniversaries: the first
commissioning of HMS Vengeance on 16
December 1944 and her recommissioning in the Brazilian Navy on 6 December 1960 as NAeL Minas Gerais
HOPE RUNNING OUT FOR VENGEANCE-
Investment financiers 11th hour efforts to save Vengeance
are working closely with the Friends of HMS Vengeance for last minute
rescue of the carrier in the light of the awareness raised by the recent
Mail on Suinday and Daily Telegraph pleas, as well as the unrelated Ebay
internet auction. The Ebay bidding process was launched by an independent
and unknown Ebay seller when the bidding hit the highest Ebay figure ever
– watched by 250,000 viewers!.
We are working closely
with the international investors and a joint tender has gone out for
shipyards to bid for undertaking work to restore HMS Vengeance and refit
convert her into a floating museum. Deadline for expressions of interest
requested by 15 Januaryand full quotes by 21 January (read the latest news).
The existing British owner
of the carrier has indicated that a scrap merchants
tug is on its way to collect the ship and deliver to a scrapyard in Asia.
Formal rescinding of HMS
Vengeance/Minas Gerais ship ownership contract with H.J. Jienxiin (HK
Jiexin Shipping) on 4 September 2003 according to Agencia Estado News.
Ownership reported to be handed over to Arusha shpping with completion in
December 2003. This paves the way to try and return the ship to the UK.(see information). Also see reports of Chinese plans
in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .(see information).
Tragedy in July 2003 with
crash of the HMS Vengeance’s former historic Fairey Firefly and loss
of the two man crew of the Royal Navy Historic Flight (see information).
In 23 July 2002 the Minas
Gerais tender bid with the Brazilan Navy agency EMGEPRON was won by H K
Jiexin Shipping, a Hong Kong scrap merchant
company created specifically to manage the old aircraft career. H K JiexinShipping
bid 1.9 million US dollars (5,7 million reais). The British based group,
Vengeance campaign narrowly lost the bid by a few thousand reais. Under the
Chinese bid the ship was due to be anchored in Zhoushan, a port close to Shanghai and outfitted
with shops, bar and a small museum. The tender with the Chinese group was
reportedly rescinded in September 2003 and the ship returned to EMGEPRON. (source Chinese Military Forum) (Source Brazil Estado de S. Paulo)(source ISTOE)
Website dedicated to the
safeguarding for posterity of the last Second World War British Built
Aircraft Carrier in existence - HMS Vengeance / NAeL Minas Gerais