Vengeance as Minas Gerais A-11
HMS Vengeance's fate hangs in the balance. On Tuesday 16th October 2001,
HMS Vengeance was de-commissioned as "Minas Gerais" by the Brazilian Navy
and is currently at the Naval Dockyard at Rio de Janeiro. The proposal
is being made to convert the ship into a floating museum in S or SW England.
Finances are currently being raised for purchase and transport costs.
Museum vision Please click here
Vision of the proposed Vengeance Museum
Save, Conserve, Remember
NAVAL AVIATION HERITAGE MUSEUM VENTURE
The VENGEANCE, once saved
for the Nation will be scheduled to undergo some incredible changes, and
will emerge as a state of the art centre of naval aviation heritage: Vengeance
Naval Aviation Heritage Museum, designed not only to educate, but to entertain.
Vengeance - Minas Gerais
joint heritage of Australia, Brazil and the United Kingdom
HMS Vengeance was
launched in 1942 and finally payed off for the last time in October 2001
from the Brazilian Navy. What now, will she be scrapped and so the World
loses a valuable link to our Global Maritime past and heritage?
Can the answer
be hopefully different? Yes, by establishing the Vengeance Naval Aviation
Heritage Museum. The Museum proposal has high hopes and aspirations
for displaying and interpreting its future collection of aircraft, memorabilia,
corporate and education facilities. It also has a very practical long term
aim - to interpret the heritage of Naval Aviation in the UK, the Commonwealth
and around the World and to display Naval aircraft of Australia, Brazil
and the UK to be shown in a coherent way.
conservation and education centre facilities will created within the walls
of the Aircraft Carrier itself, which will enable the Museum to maximise
physical and intellectual access to its proposed world class collections
and interpretation materials. Internally, many of the ship's spaces will
be restored to give visitors an interactive adventure in the floating town
she once was. The display areas plan will include a large, functional exhibition
space for the display of static aircraft and the history of naval aviation,
but the overall museum will move away from solely a traditional aviation
presentation, and principal themes to be explored will also include Peace
and Security, Maritime and Naval Technology, Industry, and the Environment
within a broad based interpretation of Naval and Maritime Aviation and
its history in the UK, Commonwealth and around the World. Added to this
will be the unique opportunities in the UK for Anglo-Brazilian and Anglo
Australian exhibitions and displays of a wide ranging nature from tourism
to the wonders of wildlife.
Naval Aviation Heritage Museum will
not be about military aircraft and naval history alone. After all, the
HMS Vengeance Campaign's success to date has been built on partnerships,
especially its partnership with the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Navy Associations
Aeronautica, whose collection includes some very significant non-military
aircraft types, and hopefully into the future with the Academic Institutions
where VENGEANCE will settle.
Quite simply, Vengeance
Naval Aviation Heritage Museum will tell the story of British and World
Wide Naval aviation in what we are sure will be the most exciting and inspiring
display of British and Commonwealth and worldwide naval aircraft in the
world. It will be a beacon project, a national resource where visitors
will be able to celebrate the development of naval aviation, and the sharing
of common heritage around the Globe. We expect from 200,000 to 250,000
visitors every year.
Folowing a feasibility study
for suitable locations in the UK, the initial berthing will be in the Fal
Estuary whilst the ship is readied for her final home. The Port of Truro
Harbour Master has confirmed her berth at the King
Harry Reach (click here to see further details)
One of the preferred options
for ther final home of the Vengeance is for the ship to be finally located
in the Solent, although in July 2002 two new offers were made, one to the
Thames and the other to the Tyne. The option being studied at present is
for her to go to Southampton Water, Southern England near the city of Southampton.
A berth as been offered by the port authorities, ABP Southampton.
Large scale aerial photograph (1:50,000 scale) of the proposed anchorage
of HMS Vengeance (Multimap)
AND THE HERITAGE CENTRE
plan is for the ship to become a memorial to the Fleet Air Arm, Commonwealth
and international naval aviation.
DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITIONS
The main story will be of
the Aircraft Carrier and Naval Aviation around the world, which had its
roots and origins in the pioneering experiments in England in 1908. The
World's first Aircraft carrier and the once largest Naval Aviation force
in the world was in the United Kingdom, this will be her story and that
of other pioneering nations such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, France and
Theme One: History of the
Aircraft Carrier and Naval Aviation
Theme Two: History of the
On the VENGEANCE'S flight
deck, up to thirty aircraft will tell the story of naval aviation, while
in the ship's cavernous hanger deck, a variety of exhibits and displays
will provide educational interest and honour our heroes and give the public
a glimpse of valuable historic aircraft and memorabilia from the past and
the high tech hardware being developed to defend our common future.
World's first aircraft carrier
landing, HMS Furious
Short Short 184 in the early days of Naval Aviation
As an Aircraft Carrier, the
VENGEANCE has enormous potential for exhibitions and displays. Loans and
acquisitions of aircraft from the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Hall
of Aviation, and Imperial war Museum are being proposed, as well as with
industry for displays of the latest naval aviation equipment. The potential
display area for aircraft and other exhibits on the Flight Deck alone is
enormous, with a floor space of 7665m² - an atmospheric environment
which until recently resounded to the jet engine sounds of its 35 resident
aircraft which are completely exotic to British skies,
including the Grumman P.16 Trackers, AF.1 (A-4KU) Skyhawks, Augusta ASH.3D/H
Sea Kings, Aerospatiale UH.13 Esquillos and Aerospatiale UH.14 Super
the Aircraft displays in the hanger of Vengeance Naval Aviation Heritage
the cavernous hanger and in the lift area imagine large aircraft
like the historic WW2 Fairey Swordfish or Hawker Sea Fury suspended from
the roof, a method which will be put to spectacular effect in the Vengeance
Naval Aviation Heritage Museum, and you are starting to imagine how Museum
will look. Add to this the opportunity of real live visits by aircraft
which actually flew or served onboard the VENGEANCE when she served with
the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy, including the Fairey Firefly
of the Royal Navy Historic Flight based at RNAS Yeovilton or the Vought
Corsair of the Fighter Company (TFC) at Duxford - there becomes the real
opportunity for spectacular deck landing displays and airshows with a naval
aviation and maritime theme.
The extant Fairey Firefly
WB271 of the Royal Navy Historic Flight, Yeovilton (UK) flew from HMS Vengeance
The Vengeance Naval
Aviation Heritage Museum will maintain close links with the Veteran's associations
and the modern navies of Australia, Brazil, and the UK. A treasure trove
collection of memorabilia will be displayed on the ship, showing her 59
years of history, as well of her sister ships.
Minas Gerais archives and Memorabilia displays ("The
H.M.S. Vengeance Association")
A tour round this huge and
complex warship will take you from her Flight Deck up to the Bridge and
all the way down via the aircraft lifts to the aircraft displays and exhibition
in the hangers. From there you will pass through many decks to her massive
Boiler and Engine rooms. On the way you will see
her ten 40 mm Bofors, and AA. 3 Matra SIMBAD twin launchers for Mistral
missiles, the heavily armoured Ammunition Rooms and Magazines, and
experience what life was like for her crew by visiting the Ops Room, cramped
Mess decks, Officers' Cabins, Galley and Sick Bay and even the Dentists.
In general tours will last approximately 60-80 minutes. Shorter tours
to areas of notable interest would last approximately 20 minutes.
the Vengeance's Two Parsons geared steam turbines,
4 Admiralty three drum type boilers
HOW IT'S DONE - RESTORATION PROJECTS
The Aircraft Carrier
will be a living museum and include a number of naval aircraft restoration
projects, they will be separate from the hanger exhibition space, but will
include viewing areas for visitors. This work will be a unique partnership
between volunteers, commercial companies and engineering students.
Restoration project on a
Skua cockpit at the Fleet Air Arm Museum
CENTRE FOR LEARNING - KIDS WORLD
Get ready to come
aboard the world's largest floating classroom, where everyday is an adventure.
Education is an important aspect of the Museum's future role, education
and the team who put together the concept of the Vengeance Naval Aviation
Heritage Museum have not forgotten that. Ships and planes can excite young
minds. They inspire questions such as "How do boats float?" and "How do
planes fly?. "The Vengeance Naval Aviation Heritage Museum Education Centre
will provide purpose built, self-contained facilities for educational groups
of all kinds. Proposals include for up to 20-40,000 children visiting the
VENGEANCE in organised school parties, as well as special needs and adult
education groups. As with the extremely successful approach in the preserved
carriers in the USA such as USS Hornet and USS Lexington, it is proposed
to have organised "Live aboard" programmes for supervised groups where
you can sleep in restored berthing compartments, where the real VENGEANCE
crew lived, eat in the Ship's galley, sea old movies and hear real ghost
stories and sea stories. The
ship will also be made available for use by the MVS and Sea Cadets.
Unique to the UK
will be a major Ango-Brazilian, and Commonwealth exhibition to complement
and assist in teaching courses for the National Curriculum on Geography,
and to generally strengthen the ties between these two great countries.
The VENGEANCE Flight
The US carriers have a proven record in educating kids (USS Lexington)
This Centre will
provide not only history but also science & technology related teaching
courses, with virtual reality and high-tech equipment - watch live on radar
the ships entering Southampton Water. An Internet cafe will provide the
opportunity to explore the world of the world-wide web.
To enrich the visit
we we create a specially designed gallery to give kids and adult visitors
free access to our unique purpose built exhibits, and for kids of all ages
to climb in our aircraft cockpit or to fly in our 12 seater Naval Aircraft
Flight Simulator - climb in, grab the joystick and test your skill at a
landing the Harrier onboard our aircraft carrier's flight deck. Our handling
collection of original documents and helmets, flying jackets and uniforms
from three Navies will become available for school children to touch and
THEATRE, TRADE SHOWS, AND CONFERENCE FACILITIES
Whether it's for a high
profile function, a news conference, seminar, corporate event, or other
social gathering, the Vengeance
Naval Aviation Heritage Museum will
have a host of facilities and services
available for all needs.
With such a large ship, wide potential audience and catchment area in South
England, for both Corporate, University and tourist venues, we are proposing
a onboard purpose built Cinema Theatre, state-of-the-art multimedia venue
and Conference facilities. Happily we can learn and build on the experience
from the excellent work already carried out in the preserved aircraft carriers
of the USA. With a 200-250 seat capacity, the cinema will feature full
surround sound and digital projection and screen action packed film presentations
featuring aircraft carrier take-offs and recoveries aboard modern aircraft
carrier, as well as showing historic archive footage about the history
of naval aviation, or shows about the natural heritage of Australia and
Brazil. Learn all about the sophistication and training of flight deck
operations including the highly specialized roles of crew members.
The theatre will also be available for rent for meetings and conferences,
being fully equipped including for Video Conferencing and Translation Services.
Opportunities for a purpose
built Cinema Theatre, state-of-the-art multimedia venue and Conference
(example of the USS Intrepid
aircraft carrier theatre seen here)
Guest Speakers - Arrangements
can be made for retired Fleet Air Arm, Naval Aviation and Royal Navy officers
and former crew to speak at your event. Opportunities will include illustrated
presentations by eminent members of the RNHF Leeds Support Group. Hear
from one of the 4 surviving veterans of the Greatest Fleet Air Arm Battle
of how Fairey Swordfish biplanes decimated the Italian Fleet at Taranto,
a lesson which was closely watched by the Japanese for their attack on
Pearl Harbor. Get the inside story on history from the veterans themselves!.
AND SHOP FACILITIES
cafe and shop will be on board selling model kits, videos, books, hats
and other goods associated with the ship, aircraft and naval aviation.
Of course, if
you want to do something well it always costs a good deal of money and
the cost of Vengeance Naval Aviation Heritage Museum will be many millions.
The intention is for the project to promote partnerships, both commercial
and through grant aid. We are discussing the opportunity for allocations
from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has funded significant amounts to
other Aviation related museums such as the Imperial War Museum at Duxford
which was generously provided £15 million towards its projects.
PARTNERSHIP FOR THE FUTURE: BAE SYSTEMS AND VENGEANCE?
As we have said,
the Save the Vengeance Campaign to date is all about partnerships and a
major player in the world's marine and aerospace industry, BAE SYSTEMS,
has had discussions about joining us in saving the VENGEANCE and hopefully
assisting in the Vengeance Naval Aviation Heritage Museum venture. It has
held meetings with the Save the Vengeance Campaign Team and made visits
to Brazil. Recognising the importance of, and need for, a showcase centre
for British naval aviation and maritime heritage, the company is looking
at options to assist in the project. Again by comparison they put recently
£5 million into the Air Space project at Duxford.
The potential for
BAE SYSTEMS support in future is optimistic. BAE SYSTEMS had for some time
been seeking a centre on which to focus their heritage activity and has
already selected Duxford as one of its leaders in the field. Chairman Sir
Richard Evans, CBE said he was impressed by the scale and quality of their
operation and dynamic, hands-on approach to education. It is hoped that
BAE Systems recognise that Vengeance Naval Aviation Heritage Museum will
be central to preserving Britain's naval aviation and maritime heritage
and educating the engineers of tomorrow as a project of national importance.
A proposed special section on BAE SYSTEMS' own heritage will include exhibits
tracing back its corporate predecessors involvement in Naval Aviation and
FOR THE FUTURE: ABP AND BRITISH PORTS AND THE VENGEANCE?
British Ports (ABP) Southampton, and the Port of Truro have both offered
a berth for VENGEANCE on delivery. The Vengeance Naval Aviation Heritage
Museum venture will also help to promote the maritime and port's industry's
future in the region with a centre where current and trainee aerospace
engineers will be able to gain nationally and internationally recognised
qualifications. We hope that the provision of this facility will raise
the profile of this career path and help to redress the national shortage
of maritime engineers.
FOR THE FUTURE: SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY AND INSTITUTE, & THE WARSASH
MARITIME CENTRE AND THE VENGEANCE? Warsash
Maritime Centre is renowned for providing high quality education, training,
research and consultancy services to the maritime industry.
has a leading worldwide reputation for Maritime naval and engineering expertise
and higher education. University of Southampton, with its Wolfson Unit
for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics, the Department of Engineering
and Naval Architecture at the Southampton Institute of Higher Education
and its associated Warsash Maritime Centre, form a formidable pool of high
quality education, training, research and consultancy services to the maritime
industry. The Vengeance Naval Aviation Heritage Museum venture will promote
the opportunity to collaborate these learned institutions and assist towards
training of maritime engineers.
HOSPITALITY, FUNCTIONS AND FACILITY RENTAL
There are certain occasions
which demand special treatment, the choice of venue is crucial, seldom
will you find one as unique as VENGEANCE. Whether its for a high profile
function, News Conference, Corporate Event, Concerts or Reunions the VENGEANCE
will be a unique attraction and has a host of facilities and services available
for between 5 and 2,000 people .
Vengeance Naval Aviation
Heritage Museum will partner with Southampton's foremost specialists in
catering for prestige events. The Captain's Quarters, Wardroom, the Ship's
Company Dining Hall and Mess room, and newly converted banqueting suites
will available to be hired for receptions, lunches, dinners and conferences,
and a full catering service will become available.
Proposed Corporate entertainment
on VENGEANCE Trade shows feature on the US preserved
Carrier USS Hornet
FERRY SERVICES AND TRANSPORT
Through our proposed agreement
with local ferry companies in Truro, Falmouth and Southampton, such as
Blue Funnel Ferry Cruises, your group can travel to the VENGEANCE via ferry
or bus, or provide a stop over on the existing harbour cruises, Howard's
Way scenic cruise, or Three Rivers Cruise. If you are driving, there is
proposed to be excellent parking for the VENGEANCE pier entrance. VENGEANCE
will certainly be high on the British tourist sites itinerary of the Coach
Tourism Council. Southampton is one of the most important ports for
Cruise ships, and VENGEANCE will form a valuable asset to Cruise stop
overs. Local tours will link into the existing Southampton
City WWII Trail amongst others.
permission for the project has yet to be obtained, and can only start once
the VENGEANCE is returned to the UK. However, once back home work on Vengeance
Naval Aviation Heritage Museum will turn this venerable aircraft carrier
into Europe's largest naval aviation heritage exhibition space, and all
goes well can start in mid 2002. Given the high quality and good condition
of the ship final completion is due in 2004-2005.
YOU CAN HELP
We need to secure immediately
finance towards the Save the Vengeance project, leaving further funding
in the short-term to establish the Museum, and for maintenance costs. We
are confident that, with help, this gap can be closed. If you would like
to support Vengeance Naval Aviation Heritage Museum and the Friends of
HMS Vengeance to get this historic ship back to the UK, please contact
Many thanks to the Vengeance photographs
from Ron Davis author of the HMS
Vengeance with 1850 and 812 Squadrons website