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Plans To Sink Two Naval Ships Off Weymouth

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12:50pm 18th February 2013

A fundraising campaign has started to buy two ex-naval ships to sink off Weymouth.

Wreck To Reef have been granted a license to do it by the Marine Management Organisation.

They've already created a lobster restocking reef and baby lobsters donated by the National Lobster Hatchery will be released this summer.

They think sinking the ships would attract more divers to the area, boosting the local economy.

This is what they told Wessex FM:

"Now all those permissions are in place, Weymouth and Portland Wreck to Reef are now looking at ways of funding the purchase of the two ships we have permissions for.  We are working on several angles, one of which is outlined below.  

We are hoping that one of our ideas will be successful, but we realise that it is essential that we now shout as loudly as we can and let, not just divers, but anyone who believes in artificial reefs know what we have achieved already and what we still have to do.

Solving a 'local' problem can sometimes create a vacuum, an issue in the next town, or in our case, the next coastal community.  Wreck to Reef is very mindful of this.  With support from a national level it is quite possible that in a very short period of time, those ex-naval warships that are rotting away in Portsmouth could help generate tens of millions of pounds for coastal communities from Portland Bill to Skegness.

These ships are steeped in history and have served us well.  It is not time to look at the rest of the world and finally lay these ships to rest in British waters as artificial reefs?"

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