Declaration to Deconstruct: Registered Historic Vessel ‘Egremont’
The Sharpness Shipyard, in conjunction with the Egremont Trust, has announced its intention to commence deconstruction of the registered historic vessel Egremont by early February 2019 unless any alternative solution is put forward before this deadline.
Egremont is an iconic Mersey ferry, launched in 1951, which was built to provide a vital link between the Wirral and Liverpool. Her hull is characteristic of her origins and her design reflects her passenger carrying and sea-worthy qualities. In addition to her Merseyside connections, her construction by Philip & Sons and later life as a club ship and training vessel in Salcombe give her strong associations with the West Country area.
Egremont was moved to Sharpness Shipyard in late 2016 for repairs and conservation work as part of a long-term project. Substantial repairs were carried out before funding ceased and the hull is largely finished with only some minor work left where dock blocks could not be moved. The remainder of the ship has been stripped out pending a confirmed end use.
As a sizeable vessel and part-completed project, Egremont lends herself well to being re-purposed as a venue for watersports training, hotel accommodation, function / exhibition space, or a restaurant facility. With only limited draught, she is ideally suited to a natural harbour or estuary.
Records for this vessel are held by the Egremont Trust and Dartmouth Museum. These include a photographic archive and original build plans. If deconstruction goes ahead, a formal entry will be created for the ship on the National Archive of Historic Vessels and held, in perpetuity, by National Historic Ships UK.
For further information about this vessel, please view her current entry on the National Register of Historic Vessels which includes a statement of significance: https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/register/1926/egremont
Any interested parties wishing to: make an offer for the ship or related fittings (price on application to reflect works carried out to date); propose a new end use or location; or provide further documentary and photographic evidence, should contact: email@example.com as soon as possible and no later than Monday 4 February 2019.