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2004 

POSSIBLE 11TH REPRIEVE FOR HMS VENGEANCE – INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR NEGOTIATES PAYMENT FOR SHIP AND CONVERSION TO MUSEUM - 
European and British investors have entered discussion with the owner to purchase the ship before contracts are signed with the scrap companies. Tender specifications have gone out to British and European shipyards to repair and refit convert HMS Vengeance into a floating museum and for final delivery to the UK.

 

HMS Vengeance at berth in Rio de Janeiro in Autumn 2003   Source infomarb.hpg.ig.com.br

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2004

21 January 2004: Deadline for elaborated shipyard quotes and yard performance guarantees for conversion of HMS Vengeance into a floating museum and delivery to the UK. Interest from Gibraltar, Netherlands, and UK (Source Friends of HMS Vengeance)


16 January 2004: Deadline for expressions of interest and quotes from shipyards for conversion of HMS Vengeance into a floating museum and delivery to the UK (Source Friends of HMS Vengeance)


January 2004: Windfall offer of support and finance to cover payment of ship and of conversion to museum, with associated funds for subsequent maintenance from European independent investor. Urgent negotiations with owner to purchase vessel in the light of stiff competition from the scrap merchants – Vengeance may be saved yet! (Source Friends of HMS Vengeance)


mid January 2004: Scrap merchant tug reportedly on way to collect HMS Vengeance at Rio for onwards delivery to scrapyard in Asia.  (undisclosed sources)


11 January 2004: ‘For Sale’. The South African Sunday Times reports (Peter Delmar) that HMS Vengeance, the World War 2 ship has been withdrawn from an Internet auction site but is still on sale in Brazil, where the navy is hoping to sell it for about $4-million. Source South African Sunday Times


11-12 January 2004: Unknown Ebay seller in Rio/USA advertises aircraft carrier for sale a second time at $7 million. Advert removed by Ebay 12 January.

9 January 2004: For Sale’. Reporter Steven Oliver, Newcastle Evening Chronicle mentions Ebay auction and quotes from the original company that built the warship in 1942, Swan Hunter, whose commercial director, Norman Brownell said: "It is great to see this ship has really stood the test of time and is still in fine shape’. The newspaper reports that there are two rival entrepreneurs from Scotland and Holland who are expected to go head-to-head with bids for HMS Vengeance which would see her become a floating museum or tourist attraction. Source Newcastle Evening Echo.

 


10 January 2004:For internet sale: aircraft carrier, only three owners’. By Neil Tweedie Published articles by Daily Telegraph and Mail on Sunday about plight of HMS Vengeance and linking her to the unique Ebay advert. Source Daily Telegraph


5 January 2004-27 December 2003: Unknown Ebay seller in Norway advertises aircraft carrier for sale at US$6 million. Viewers to the web page reached 388,370 fours days after advert went online. Ebay management cancels the auction after spurious bidding reached 99,000,000 US$ – Ebay world record figure.


January 2004: Offers of financial support from European, German and Swedish investors. Discussions started.


2003

16-30 December 2003: Advert appeared on Auction Arms about HMS Vengeance selling aircraft carrier decommissioned in 2001 with a starting bid of $200,000.00. Spurious bidding reached $6,000,000.00 before the unknown Norwegian bidder was suspended.

10 December 2003: Isteo reports that EMGEPRON rescinds Chinese contract after failure to pay for HMS Vengeance (Source ISTEO)GEPRON and the shipping broker Arusha Shipping Ltd for the final purchase of HMS Vengeance (Source Philip

December 2003: It is reported that the contract has been formally completed between the Brazilian Navy Agency EMGEPRON and the shipping broker Arusha Shipping Ltd for the final purchase of HMS Vengeance (Source Philip Bush, Arusha Shipping Ltd)

30 October 2003:It was reported today that formally the contract was rescinded on 4 September 2003 with Chinese H.J. Jienxiin shipping merchants for purchase of HMS Vengeance/Minas Gerais 14 months after failing to pay for the R$ 5.7 million (1.18 million GBP at today’s value). Reported by Luciana Loyal Nunes, Agencia Estado News (Brazil)(see source information).

30 October 2003:It was reported today by Luciana Nunes Leal of Estadao.com.br that ‘formally the contract was rescinded 4 September 2003 with Chinese H.J. Jienxiin shipping merchants for purchase of HMS Vengeance/Minas Gerais after failing to pay for the R$ 5.7 million (1.18 million GBP at today’s value). The assessor of Planning of the Navy, commander (Planejamento da Marinha, capitão-de-fragata Nilo Moacyr Penha Ribeiro) informed that "measured legal will be taken" against the winner of the first competition, H.J. Jienxiin, but he did not specify that type of process will be taken by the Brazilian government. It does not have a date scheduled for the new competition. With an uncertain future, the warship continues to be berthed alongside in the Armory of the Island of Cobras, in Rio de Janeiro’. Estadao Agencia News (Brazil)(see source information).


24 October 03: Negócio da China’. Jornal do Brasil reports that the aircraft carrier Minas Gerais returned to the ownership of the Brazilian Navy after Chinese scrap merchant H.J.Jienxiin failed to pay the full amount of US$ 2 million, reportedly only US$200,000 being submitted. H.J. Jienxiin had originally proposed to take her to the Port of Xangai. The ship remains anchored in the island of Cobras, Rio De Janeiro. The Brazilina Navy wrere thinking about litigation. (Source JB online) 


12 October 03: Registros 14, 12/10/2003 reports H.J. Jienxiin not paying the Brazilian R$ 5,7 million for former NAEL Minas Gerais/HMS Vengeance. Its representative, Engineer Sung reportedly only payed token deposit. (Source infomarb.hpg.ig.com.br) 


October 2003: New financial and investment bankers offer assistance to safeguard HMS Vengeance. Practical action now urgently needed to go beyond just talks. Letters of support by the public and veterans alike continue to pour in from UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe.


September 2003: Negotiations continue between Philip Bush, representing the owners of HMS Vengeance, and a Leith Group consortium to safeguard the ship in Scotland, according to Leon Andrews spokesman for a Leith Group consortium involved in developing a Maritime Museum at Eyemouth, Berwickshire.


September 2003: Philip Bush, Arusha Shipping (the body which reportedly took over the HMS Vengeance contract in 2002) flies to India to discuss possible scrapping of HMS Vengeance at Alang. He also travels to Holland to meet entrepreneur De Fliegers about selling HMS Vengeance in Holland.


2 September 2003: New Zealand entrepreneurs have expressed interest in buying an old Australian aircraft carrier for use as a floating hotel, according to Hotel News Resource.com (Source)- Trade Boat Magazine.


September 2003: Philip Bush, Arusha Shipping, flies to Brazil to request continued stay of HMS Vengeance at Rio until a permanent berth in the UK is finalized.


21 August 2003: Philip Bush, Arusha Shipping, and Graham Drucker of the Friends of HMS Vengeance take part in meeting with John Paton, National Historic Ships Committee Secretary to request the ship is preserved.


8 August 2003: News from Brazil Carrier MINAS GERAIS, sold to China and is waiting in’. Mr Eric Sczepanski of the German based Global Defence group reports about the failure of China to pay for the former aircraft carrier HMS Vengeance/Minas Gerais. Petrobras Company show some interest to buy her. (source Chinese Military Forum) (Source Brazil Estado de S. Paulo)


25 July 2003: Reunion of the HMAS Vengeance association at Redfern RSL, Australia. Contact Eric Bouvier Australia code 02 9451 5158. (see source information).


12 July 2003: Tragic accident destroying historic Fleet Air Arm Fairey Firefly aircraft and killing the crew. Fatal Crash plane had illustrious past. Cambridge Evening News (see source information).


 

12 July 2003: Tragic accident destroying historic Fleet Air Arm Fairey Firefly aircraft and killing the crew at Imperial War Museum Duxford. The Royal Navy Historic Flight aircraft had served onboard HMS Vengeance. The deceased have been named as Lieutenant Commander Bill Murton, 45, (pilot) and Neil Rix, 29, (aircraft fitter).Duxford News (see source information).


28 June 2003:Not on board for devil’s ship”. Socialist Worker reports on the Nicholas Van Hoogstraten bid to turn HMS Vengeance into a home for 1,000 asylum seekers off the Kent coast. Socialist Worker. (see source information).


20 June 2003: “Warship to be Theme Park” report by Lucy Cockcroft of the Western Morning News (see source information).


18 June 2003: Millionaire businessman John Woodward through his Blue Anchor Leisure company, offers to purchase the ship and adding her to his Fantasy Island theme Park Resort at Ingoldsmells near Skegness, Lincolnshire. Blue Anchor leisure Spokesman Jeff Barry indicates that they would purchase the ship for 2.7 million pounds and they would save her as an historic vessel and give British tourism a “major, major boost”. He indicated work would cost 25 million pounds. Discussions with the owner of the ship continue until August/September. Standard June 18,2003 (see source information).


16 June 2003: Mike Hancock MP asks the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about the preservation of HMS Vengeance and how she intends to assist the venture (see source information).


16 June 2003: The US Star Tribune continues the New York Observer discussion about the internet advertising of HMS Vengeance for sale.


9 June 2003: New York Observer discuss the internet advertising of HMS Vengeance for sale (see source information).


June 2003: The legal advisors of the jailed Millionaire Nicholas Van Hoogstraten, Paul Martin and Co lawyers, have reportedly put in a £2.25 million bid to purchase HMS Vengeance to house 1,000 asylum seekers off the Kent coast near Margate. Sandy Ezekiel, Conservative Leader, Thanet District Council said they would consider any serious plans.  Philip Bush representing the owner of the ship had “only cursory discussions” with the legal advisors. 16 June 2003 BBC News. Jailed tycoon “in asylum boat plan” (see source information).


June 2003: Offer by Texas oil firms to French Creek Boat Sales to use HMS Vengeance as a helicopter landing pad off the Iraqi Coast.


June 2003: Unusual internet advert advertising HMS Vengeance for sale. Owner of ship is mystified. French Creek Boat Sales of Vancouver, Canada made this unusual advert indicating that the price of purchase was US$4.5 million – more than twice as much as the original purchase price from the Brazilian Navy. Owner of HMS Vengeance contacts the Boat Company to identify how the story originated (see source information) (See information source).


31 May 2003: Flugzeugträger gefällig? article in weltentummler.de about aircraft carrier HMS Vengeance for sale for 4,500,000 US$ (See information source).   


30 May 2003: HMS/HMAS Vengeance for sale. Anthony J Hicks commentary about the sale of HMS Vengeance for US$ 4.5 million. (See information source).    



30 May 2003: Porta-aviões Minas Gerais está à venda na Internet. IDG Now, Brazilian commentary about the sale of HMS Vengeance for US$ 4.5 million. (See information source).    


24 April 2003:Vliegdekschip als broedplaats” article in Het Parool indicates that the entrepreneur De Fliegers (ADeM foundation owners of the Noord Amersterdam shipping docks) wants to purchase and moor HMS Vengeance in Amsterdam as an exhibition space, workshops, conference and event hall, restuarant and galleries (See information source).   


April 2003: Meeting with the “London Investment Group” postponed.   


April 2003: Tim Jones of the Devon & Cornwall Business Council (DCBC) Objective 1 funding proposals for the ship to come to Cornwall with the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth through the European Union funding continue at a low ebb with repeated delays.


April 2003: Annual meeting of the HMS Vengeance Association. The up-to-date situation of the plans to save HMS Vengeance were presented by Philip Bush, Arusha Shipping - representing the owner of HMS Vengeance. He left straight for a meeting with the “London Investment Group” who have identified the full amount of money to purchase the ship and berth her in the Thames in London.   


21 December 2002-January 2003: Negotiations are underway for the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth to protect HMS Vengeance, as negotiated by Tim Jones of the Devon & Cornwall Businesss Council (DCBC) (See information source). 


20 December 2002-February 2003: Application for EU funding for Vengeance in the West Country by Devon and Cornwall Business Council Chairman. Preliminary results due in January/February 2003.  


mid December 02: Meeting between Director of new National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, the Chairman of SW Region Chamber of Commerce and Devon and Cornwall Business Council Chairman.

13 December 02: Newspaper headlines "Boosting tourism with a Vengeance. Exeter Express and Echo.

10 December 02: Newspaper headlines "Historic Vessel that must have a new home”. Exeter Express and Echo.

December 02: Discussions with Friends of HMS Vengeance on possible documentary with VARA TV, the Netherlands.

28 November 02: Vengeance on the agenda at the next meeting of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council Chairman.

17 November 02: Meeting between Chairman of SW Region Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Vengeance, following Tall Ships Conference, Antwerp.

November 02: Discussions on financial support for Vengeance by Devon and Cornwall Business Council representatives with European Union financiers.

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