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21 December 2002: 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).

 

20 December 02: 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: HMS 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 Talls Ship Conference, Antwerp.

November 02: Bye, Old Warrior - Brazil bought the Minas Gerais aircraft carrier amid dreams of grandeur and of becoming a military power. At the time of her acquisition, however, the MG was already considered scrap metal by military experts. Report by Rodolfo Espinoza in Brazzil.com

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

26 October 02: Newspaper headlines "Tourism hopes of disused ship". Exeter Express and Echo.

26 October 02: Newspaper headlines "Aircraft carrier will never land here". Exeter Express and Echo.

17-26 October 02: A plan to bring the disused aircraft carrier HMS Vengeance into Tor Bay is being investigated by the business group Brixham 21.

17 October 02: Meeting of interested Brixham companies and investors with SW Chamber of Commerce and HMS Vengeance Friends.

17 October 02: BBC Devon Headlines "No room at Naval Base for Vengeance".

16 October 02: Newspaper headlines "Warship Setting Museum Course" Devon and Cornwall Business Council and South Devon Chamber of Trade propsosing Brixham as HMS Vengeance mooring.

12 October 02: Newspaper headlines "No room for Vengeance". North Devon Journal.

11 October 02: Newspaper headlines "Uncertain future for historic warship" Plymouth has emerged as the front-runner to be the ship's new home.Devonport Dockyard as one of the possible sites earmarked for the ship indicates Devon and Cornwall Business Council.

10 October 02: Newspaper headlines "Navy says no dockyard space for Vengeance". North Devon Journal.

10 October 02: Newspaper headline "Warship museum takes off". Hull Daily Mail.

10 October 02: Devon and Cornwall Business Council reviewing possibilities of HMS Vengeance being moored at Plymouth

7 October 02: Devonport Royal Navy meeting about HMS Vengeance.

7 October 02: Newspaper headlines "HMS Vengeance could be ours". HMS Vengeance could be  transformed into a huge floating museum and hotel in Plymouth indicates Devon and Cornwall Business Council. North Devon Journal.

1 October 2002: Meeting of Friends of HMS Vengeance with the Arusha Shipping owner of Vengeance, SW Chamber of Commerce, Finance Cornwall and Devon and Cornwall Business Council to safeguard the ship for preservation. 

17 September 2002: News Headlines "New Hope on HMS Vengeance Appeal". North Devon Journal.

September 2002: Magazine headlines "NAeL Minas Gerais als drijvend museum". Piloot & Vliegtuig No. 9.

September 2002: Active discussions with the Arusha Shipping HMS Vengeance purchaser to bring her to UK.

28 August: Newspaper headlines "Ship Campaign wants Vengeance". 

August 2002: Confirmed - Vengeance purchased by shipping entrepeneur Philip Bush, Arusha Shipping which was one of the top tenderers for the ship, has reportedly taken over the H.J. Jienxiin shipping contract.

August 2002: Save the Vengeance Appeal closes to be replaced by a completely new strengthened group of experts, businessmen and financiers, the  "Friends of HMS Vengeance".

1 August 2002: Final outcome of purchaser of HMS Vengeance still pending, Brazilian negotiations with H.J. Jienxiin shipping.

31 July 2002: News Headline "PORTA-AVIÕES A PREÇO DE BANANA’. Report winning bid for US$ 2 million by HK Jiexin Shipping, with offices in Hong Kong Source ISTEO.

26 July 2002: News Headline "War hero uncle was an inspiration for campaign" . North Devon Journal. Exeter Express & Echo.

26 July 2002: HMAS Vengeance reunion. Fifty Years since commissioning at Plymouth, UK, 1952 reunion to be held at Redfern RSL on July 26th 2002 at 1100am. Any inquiries phone Eric  Bouvier on (Australia - Sydney) 93495158. All welcome. 

25 July 2002: New date for announcement of the outcome of the bidding procedure of the tender for HMS Vengeance in Brazil. Save the Vengeance Appeal intentions for the ship favoured in the Brazilian press. Surprise tender by China submitting highest bid, Chinese H.J. Jienxiin shipping merchants of Shanghai and Hong Kong

25 July 2002: News Headline "Government should help to save HMS Vengeance" . North Devon Journal. Exeter Express and Echo.

25 July 2002: News Headline "Minas Gerais vira museu" . Aircraft carrier Minas Gerais HMS Vengeance will be a museum. Jornal do Brasil.

23 July 2002: News Headline "História no ferro-velho,  Chineses vão desmanchar o Minas Gerais". Jornal do Brasil.

22 July 2002: 2pm Brazilian time Announcement of the winner of the tender for HMS Vengeance in Brazil - DECISION DELAYED TILL 25 JULY 2002.

20 July 2002: News Headline "Minas Gerais à venda , Porta-aviões da 2ª Guerra não tem uso militar ". Jornal do Brasil.

19 July 2002: News Headline "Sailor bids to stop them scrapping the warship on which he served". Exeter Express and Echo.

19 July 2002: Brazilian Admiralty body EMGEPRON confirms to Save the Vengeance Appeal that they have passed the first hurdle to apply for the tender to purchase the ship. submit a proposal.

18 July 2002: Revised deadline from the Brazilian Admiralty body EMGEPRON for Save the Vengeance Appeal to submit a proposal.

17 July 2002: Save the Vengeance Appeal complete preparations to submit their bid proposal.

17 July 2002: Port of Truro Harbour Master confirms to the Save the Vengeance Appeal  that HMS Vengeance can be immediately berthed in the Fal Estuary once she returns to the UK.

17 July 2002: BBC Devon Broadcast Headlines on Save the Vengeance Appeal.

16 July 2002: BBC South West Broadcast Headlines on Save the Vengeance Appeal.

16 July 2002: BBC South Broadcast Headlines on Save the Vengeance Appeal.

13th July 2002: Broadcasting about the Save the Vengeance Appeal by BBC 1 Main News and BBC 24 News, BBC World Service, and BB CBreakfast TV following interviews with former ships crews in Brazil and UK, and filming of the ship in Rio de Janeiro.

July 2002: Series of Local Radio interviews with Save the Vengeance Appeal members, Martin Hill and James Watling.

25 June 2002: News Headlines "Battle to Save Vengeance" BGN2/272/4. Issue 272. London Press Service. London Press Service is an agency offering news, features and pictures from Britain for use by journalists overseas.

17 June 2002: Press association and BBC South contact Save the Vengeance Appeal Team.

16 June 2002: Appeal to save the Vengeance hits the National Press. Sunday Telegraph publishes article to assist Save the Vengeance Appeal Team to raise funds to purchase the ship from EMGEPRON.

14 June 2002: Deadline extended to Save the Vengeance Appeal Team to raise funds to purchase the ship from EMGEPRON.

31 May 2002: Initial deadline to Save the Vengeance Appeal Team to raise funds to purchase the ship from EMGEPRON.

May 2002: Save the Vengeance Appeal Team met with EMGEPRON at Rio de Janeiro on a goodwill mission and to assess the ship and discuss terms of purchase of the ship in 2002.

May 2002: Save the Vengeance Appeal Team prepare to fly out to Brazil for Marine Surveyors assessment of the ship.

May 2002: Press coverage of the plight of the Vengeance. Aeroplane Monthly Magazine. 

April/May 2002: Interests in HMS Vengeance from Gibraltar Tourist Board.

April/May 2002: Availability for berthing of HMS Vengeance with Cammel Laird (Gibraltar).

26 April 2002: Press coverage Portsmouth News - Veteran carrier could be coming home.

19-20th April 2002: HMS Vengeance Association Reunion.

18th April 2002: Royal Naval Association Southampton discuss affiliation and offer expertise.

18th April 2002: Meeting with Lockheed Martin UK

18th April 2002: Meetings at the Royal Naval Museum and preserved ship HMS Warrior, Portsmouth.

18th April 2002: Meetings at the Royal Naval Museum and preserved ship HMS Warrior, Portsmouth.

9th April 2002: Proclamation date for bidding sale of Vengeance through EMGEPRON. Save the Vengeance Appeal to send team to Rio de Janeiro. 

April 2002: News on the Save the Vengeance appeal in the Registros bulletin of Infomar - Sítio não oficial da Marinha Brasileira

Spring 2002: HMS Vengeance article in Sea History, the magazine of the National Maritime Historical Society, NY, USA.

February-March 2002: Press Coverage in Southampton and Portsmouth including interview of David Fricker, Maritime Preservation Society on behalf of the Save the Vengeance Appeal by Portsmouth TV.

4th February 2002: Press coverage of the plight of the Vengeance. Australian Navy News.

January/March 2002: Magazine mostly devoted to NaeL Minas Gerais. Revista Marítima Brasileira. Rio de Janeiro. Serviço de Documentação da Marinha. Contact email: revistamaritima@infolink.com.br

13th January 2002: Support from HMS Glory Association. This is something all of us who served on a carrier should support, too much of our Naval history has finished up in a breakers yard.

11th January 2002: Letter of support from Capt. Channing M. Zucker USN, Historic Naval Ships Association.

11th January 2002: Press coverage of the plight of the Vengeance. Southampton Daily Echo. 

9th January 2002: Press coverage of the plight of the Vengeance. Portsmouth News.

7th January 2002: Press coverage of the plight of the Vengeance. Portsmouth News.

January 2002: Maritime Preservation Society pledge support for the Save the Vengeance Appeal.

28th December 2001: Press release to the Worlds' Media (in HTML format or MS Word format)

27th December 2001: Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia supports the Save the Vengeance Appeal.

20th December 2001: This website launched 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

19th December 2001. The Fleet Air Arm Associations become interested in the Save the Vengeance campaign

1st December 2001. The Fleet Air Arm Archive lends a hand and joins in assisting the promotion of the Save the Vengeance campaign

30th November 2001. Minas Gerais is currently in Rio de Janeiro Naval Dockyard. Negotiations are presently being undertaken, to purchase the ship and return her to the UK, via the 'British Atlantic Memorial Ships'.  The original asking price of the ship was US$2M. but this has now increased to US$4M. and an Oil Production Company are also interested in buying her. It is estimated it will cost up to US$2M. to get her home.

27th November 2001. The future of Minas Gerais is to be the topic of discussion at the Naval meeting in Rio today, with the British Naval Attache included. Associated British Ports (ABP) in Southampton have offered a lay-up anchorage.

19th November 2001. Meeting held with BAE and the Save the Vengeance Appeal,  and a BAE Systems representive is flying to Rio on the 1st December. RNA to be approached to ascertain if they can provide a crew to sail the ship home. 1850 Squadron Association has offered support.

23rd October 2001. Minas Gerais, formerly HMS. Vengeance, was finally decommissioned from the Brazilian Navy on Tuesday 16th October 2001, after almost 57 years after she was launched. She has completed service in three different Navies, the Royal Navy, the Royal Australian Navy and the Brazilian Navy within that time.

1 June 2001: Minas Gerais facilita réveillon - Jornal do Brasil article about negotiations of the Major of Rio to use Vengeance/Minas Gerais. (Source information). 

Early 2001: Appeal started to safeguard the Vengeance by 'Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Ships' and propsals promoted by the Fleet Air Arm Archive. 

September 2001: Portsmouth News and HMS Vengeance press article.

Revista Marítima Brasileira. Rio de Janeiro. Volume 120, n 10/12. Serviço de Documentação da Marinha, out./dez 2000. 

 

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