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Photographer:brunoh [View profile]Title:Lucifer IIAdded:Jan 11, 2008
Photo Category: Wrecks & Relics
Grounded near Cherbourg.
Built 1943 as HMS Windrush ("River" class), then transferred to French free Forces as "Découverte".
Decommissioned 1959
Transformed as fire dammage school training ship in 1967. Stopped operation in 2002.
What a life!
Will be depolluted soon including asbestos removal, before scrapping.
Cherbourg, Jan 10, 2008
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brunoh on Jan 17, 2008 17:00 (12 years ago)
Compliments pour votre français!
For the others, who don't speak French (yes, some people don't :-D ): Colbert was towed away from Bordeaux to a river near Brest, because this cruiser, transformed into an afloat musueum, was not making enough money, and no one wanted to cover maintenance costs; so it was stored again, as its machinery is similar to Jeanne d'Arc's steam machinery. Our old (47 years old!) training ship is always in danger of stopping due to lack of parts...
You are right, write to our president; but due to our minor budget problems, I doubt he will put money in old ships :lol: :lol:
Edward S. Renouard, III on Jan 16, 2008 21:58 (12 years ago)
C'est trop mauvais. J'ai entendu que le croiseur Colbert était enlevé du Garonne et dépouillé pour que des pièces soutiennent arc de Jean d '. Est-il ce vrai ? Si ainsi j'allais envoyer à président Sarkozy une lettre exressing ma désapprobation. Merci de l'information, il est tout d'abord apprécié !

P.S. J'espère que mon Français est assez bon, j'appologize s'il n'est pas !

Edouard S. Renouard, III
brunoh on Jan 14, 2008 21:36 (12 years ago)
First of all, I must say that in France, there never is money to save an old ship or an old plane. It is -unfortunately (I'm french) not interesting enough and usually things are scrapped :-(
Also this specific ship has a broken hull, very severe corrosion problems. And the insides are gone because fore more than 20 years fires were burning on board (including a few I had to extinguish myself!)
More info and pics on this well documented site, in French, sorry :-D : I found it after taking this shot.
Edward S. Renouard, III on Jan 13, 2008 18:10 (12 years ago)
Is there any chance of making this ship a museum? I dont think here Are any ships of this type preserved. Great shot!
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