I am still finding it VERY difficult to believe the the Heritage Lottery fund has REFUSED funding to save this iconic ship, one of only THREE World War One warships of the Royal Nay left in the world !!!
And please, no pathetic excuses. This is OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE, and once it's gone, it's gone.
FUND THIS SHIP NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for your comments, Don. It is correct that there are only three remaining First World War ships and you might be interested to know that the Heritage Lottery Fund has already supported two of them: HMS Caroline (£14m) and HMS M33 (£1.79m). Since April 2010, we have awarded over £80million to more than 1,500 projects marking the Centenary of the First World War, including:
- First World War Galleries, Imperial War Museum London - £6.5m
- Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archives - £37,600
- Grimsby`s Lost Ships of WW1 - £78,600
- Flintshire War Memorials - £9,700
- 1914 London B-type ‘Battle’ Bus, which drove out to the Western Front - £750,000
We fully recognise the significance of HMS President to the UK’s First World War heritage. However, in a very competitive round of funding our Board of Trustees were not able to support all the projects applying. There were serious concerns that the proposal for the renovation of HMS President had not been fully thought through and costs would be likely to rise significantly, potentially putting the project in jeopardy.
In light of this competition and after very careful consideration of the risks presented to an investment of National Lottery money, HMS President Trust’s application was unfortunately unsuccessful. We remain open to discussions about the future of the ship.