I started a previous post saying I was not buying a warship. I used a warship (the ill-fated USS Indianapolis) as a head-shot and got sidetracked by her sinking in the post. It did make me wonder if I could buy a warship. So I googled it.
Not sure if any are for sale as I write, but I found this: Its a Notice of Sale for HMS Illustrious, a Royal Navy Aircraft carrier. Available 2016.
Also this for HMS Invincible – same class of ship
The listing says/said it’s ‘for recycling only’ but recycling seems a pretty loose term.
Starting bids were to be £2.8million. It seems there were a few unsuccessful bids to turn it into a museum (yawn) but the ship ended being tugged to Turkey and cut up for scrap, the same fate as her sister ships – the HMS Arc Royal and HMS Invincible.
The reality of buying a 40-year-old 20000-tonne ex-aircraft carrier (albeit a ‘light’ one) does-not likely add up numbers-wise. I get the impression buying any boat does not add numbers-wise. I think it can be said that buying anything not attached to or in the ground is probably not a good idea,
But realities aside, it seems like a massive missed opportunity, if not for a quick-and-easy daydream, or an architecture school design project.
The real estate listing
Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. (Moveable) blank canvas island.
- Main house with 360 views. Decor a little industrial.
- 3½ acres of flat land yearning for landscaping: Golf course, spectacular garden, resort accommodation. All of them and more?
- Plenty of basement storage space
- Self-sufficient for electricity, water treatment, clean water etc.
- All the mod-cons. Commercial kitchen, hospital, worker quarters.
- Capable of doing 30 knots (56kph) and a range of 5,000 nm (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) powered by just shy of 100000hp of Rolls Royce engine.
I suspect 4,5 & 6 (together with armaments, radar and anything else that was not attached), are not part of the deal.
But practicalities aside, it’s a good one to play imagine with eh!?!
Some good soul had made a SketchUp model of the Illustrious and put in on 3dWarehouse. As the author says, its been done by-eye, but seems pretty close.
Because I was searching for aircraft carrier related topics, Google suggested the video below. Aside from its cant-quite-put-my-finger-on-it-but-it-feels-like-a-PR-exercise, it confirmed what I already knew. That aircraft carriers are cool (especially if you are an officer).