All aboard for new UK Flagship

Daily Echo: All aboard for new UK Flagship All aboard for new UK Flagship

HAMPSHIRE is to play a major role in an ambitious £80m.

project to build a spectacular new “UK Flagship’’, the pride of the nation, which will sail to all corners of the globe.

The flagship aims to be the largest and most modern square-rigged education , adventure training and research sailing ship in the world when she is launched in 2016.

Masterminding the design of the 650ft long vessel is Colin Mudie, a Royal Designer for Industry, based in Lymington and recognised as one of the leading naval architects of the age.

No decision has yet been made where the home port of this magnificent tall ship will be, but other Mudiedesigned vessels are regular sights in the port of Southampton .

Backed by all the major political parties, the UK Flagship will not be a replacement for the Royal Yacht Britannia, de-commissioned 15 years ago.

Instead it will be a floating maritime university, a prestigious showcase for Britain’s manufacturing and commercial sectors, the very best in conference facilities, while also giving young people practical, sail training experience on a squarerigged, tall ship.

It is expected the vessel, which will have it own deepsea submersible, laboratories, storage tanks, and diving platform, will in the future work closely with organisations such as Southampton’s National Oceanography Centre, a collaboration between the Natural Environment Research Council and the School of Ocean and Earth Science at the city’s university.

Hampshire’s deputy Lord Lieutenant Maldwin Drummond, trustee and board member of the national charity UK Flagship Project, said: “The ship will be a rallying point for the nation, she will represent the values of equality, pride, opportunity though education, achievement, and endeavour.

“The project will be aimed at young people, with the intention of helping them to explore and experience the world around them, while gaining recognised qualifications and valuable life skills.’’ As well as allowing youngsters access to qualifications, the ship will also host her own world-class maritime research facilities and act as a true “UK Flagship’’ representing Great Britain at major international events around the world.

However, the priority of UK Flagship will be its educational and charitable work to improve the lives and employment prospects of young people.

The ship’s operation will not be reliant on any public money, prompting the Prime Minister David Cameron to describe the ship as “a great new national asset at absolutely no cost to the public purse’’.

As a major appeal for funds is launched, Flagship UK has already had promises of support from leading businessmen and philanthropists – one has already pledged £5m – together with offers of funding from Commonwealth countries such as Canada.

Mr Mudie, a life president on the RNLI, said: “I have been working on this project ever since Britannia was taken out of service.

“The original design has been extended by a further 100 feet, and all the rigging has been raised 65 feet above the deck, on a series of giant plinths, to create the open space required for all the scientific equipment.’’ Final adjustments to the design of the ship are now being undertaken but the trust is confident the vessel will be ready to enter service in four years time.

Each of the ship’s 27 vast sails will contain solar cells to generate all the vessel’s electricity, two 32-seater buses, together with dinghies and boats can be stored in the hold, while there will be enough on-board accommodation for 200 youngsters and a helicopter landing pad is incorporated at the stern.

Cash raised by the appeal will not only fund the building of the ship, but also provide backing for educational, sea-based skills from as early as next year.

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5:14pm Fri 20 Jul 12

southy says...

Wow would love to work on this from the day the keel is layed, to the ending of its first sea trip.
Teaching those kids, the art of rigging. but i expect most of ropes will be crimp
Wow would love to work on this from the day the keel is layed, to the ending of its first sea trip. Teaching those kids, the art of rigging. but i expect most of ropes will be crimp southy

5:21pm Fri 20 Jul 12

good-gosh says...

This will be a fantastic ship … so I've sent them some dosh.
This will be a fantastic ship … so I've sent them some dosh. good-gosh

6:13pm Fri 20 Jul 12

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
Wow would love to work on this from the day the keel is layed, to the ending of its first sea trip.
Teaching those kids, the art of rigging. but i expect most of ropes will be crimp
Please don't start teaching kids, I beg of you!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Wow would love to work on this from the day the keel is layed, to the ending of its first sea trip. Teaching those kids, the art of rigging. but i expect most of ropes will be crimp[/p][/quote]Please don't start teaching kids, I beg of you! IronLady2010

6:40pm Fri 20 Jul 12

johnm says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
Wow would love to work on this from the day the keel is layed, to the ending of its first sea trip.
Teaching those kids, the art of rigging. but i expect most of ropes will be crimp
Please don't start teaching kids, I beg of you!
Iron Lady, don't be to hard on Southy there are two ways of making an eye in a wire rope. Crimp done by a machine, or splice done by by a person and requiring great skill
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Wow would love to work on this from the day the keel is layed, to the ending of its first sea trip. Teaching those kids, the art of rigging. but i expect most of ropes will be crimp[/p][/quote]Please don't start teaching kids, I beg of you![/p][/quote]Iron Lady, don't be to hard on Southy there are two ways of making an eye in a wire rope. Crimp done by a machine, or splice done by by a person and requiring great skill johnm

7:18pm Fri 20 Jul 12

southy says...

Thank you johnm, people like IronLady just don't know the real skills of a rigger nore what it takes to be one.
Thank you johnm, people like IronLady just don't know the real skills of a rigger nore what it takes to be one. southy

7:23pm Fri 20 Jul 12

dango says...

how do you make a noose, Southy?
how do you make a noose, Southy? dango

8:24pm Fri 20 Jul 12

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
Thank you johnm, people like IronLady just don't know the real skills of a rigger nore what it takes to be one.
You are 100% correct Southy, I don't have a clue about rigging and I'll openly confess that and I'm not going to google to pretend I know either!

But, I just know if we let you loose on the kids you'd harp on about TUSC and brainwash them with lies about how you'd fix the economy etc.

But yes, anyone on here knows more about rigging than me!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Thank you johnm, people like IronLady just don't know the real skills of a rigger nore what it takes to be one.[/p][/quote]You are 100% correct Southy, I don't have a clue about rigging and I'll openly confess that and I'm not going to google to pretend I know either! But, I just know if we let you loose on the kids you'd harp on about TUSC and brainwash them with lies about how you'd fix the economy etc. But yes, anyone on here knows more about rigging than me! IronLady2010

11:15pm Fri 20 Jul 12

IronLady2010 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
Thank you johnm, people like IronLady just don't know the real skills of a rigger nore what it takes to be one.
You are 100% correct Southy, I don't have a clue about rigging and I'll openly confess that and I'm not going to google to pretend I know either!

But, I just know if we let you loose on the kids you'd harp on about TUSC and brainwash them with lies about how you'd fix the economy etc.

But yes, anyone on here knows more about rigging than me!
As I have been honest, how about you with Rahit Maryada?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Thank you johnm, people like IronLady just don't know the real skills of a rigger nore what it takes to be one.[/p][/quote]You are 100% correct Southy, I don't have a clue about rigging and I'll openly confess that and I'm not going to google to pretend I know either! But, I just know if we let you loose on the kids you'd harp on about TUSC and brainwash them with lies about how you'd fix the economy etc. But yes, anyone on here knows more about rigging than me![/p][/quote]As I have been honest, how about you with Rahit Maryada? IronLady2010

11:25pm Fri 20 Jul 12

southy says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
Thank you johnm, people like IronLady just don't know the real skills of a rigger nore what it takes to be one.
You are 100% correct Southy, I don't have a clue about rigging and I'll openly confess that and I'm not going to google to pretend I know either!

But, I just know if we let you loose on the kids you'd harp on about TUSC and brainwash them with lies about how you'd fix the economy etc.

But yes, anyone on here knows more about rigging than me!
No more than your would teach them all about Capitalism and giving them false hope for the future, doing the normal for any capitalist and feed them with propaganda.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Thank you johnm, people like IronLady just don't know the real skills of a rigger nore what it takes to be one.[/p][/quote]You are 100% correct Southy, I don't have a clue about rigging and I'll openly confess that and I'm not going to google to pretend I know either! But, I just know if we let you loose on the kids you'd harp on about TUSC and brainwash them with lies about how you'd fix the economy etc. But yes, anyone on here knows more about rigging than me![/p][/quote]No more than your would teach them all about Capitalism and giving them false hope for the future, doing the normal for any capitalist and feed them with propaganda. southy

11:28pm Fri 20 Jul 12

southy says...

And as for the other matter that is between me and Georgem, not you, unless your telling me you are Georgem also
And as for the other matter that is between me and Georgem, not you, unless your telling me you are Georgem also southy

12:24pm Sat 21 Jul 12

freefinker says...

southy wrote:
And as for the other matter that is between me and Georgem, not you, unless your telling me you are Georgem also
.. oh no it's not.

We are all waiting for you to correct your Rahit Maryada blunder.

I've been waiting years for you to admit you are wrong on many issues of indisputable fact. Shall I list them?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: And as for the other matter that is between me and Georgem, not you, unless your telling me you are Georgem also[/p][/quote].. oh no it's not. We are all waiting for you to correct your Rahit Maryada blunder. I've been waiting years for you to admit you are wrong on many issues of indisputable fact. Shall I list them? freefinker

11:24pm Sat 21 Jul 12

southy says...

freefinker wrote:
southy wrote:
And as for the other matter that is between me and Georgem, not you, unless your telling me you are Georgem also
.. oh no it's not.

We are all waiting for you to correct your Rahit Maryada blunder.

I've been waiting years for you to admit you are wrong on many issues of indisputable fact. Shall I list them?
To bad then setting up a debate site and again it as nothing to do with you to free,unless you want to really to debate about the subject in hand, it was only GeorgeM interested in debating, you and other was not interested or just wanted to slag off and thats not debating.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: And as for the other matter that is between me and Georgem, not you, unless your telling me you are Georgem also[/p][/quote].. oh no it's not. We are all waiting for you to correct your Rahit Maryada blunder. I've been waiting years for you to admit you are wrong on many issues of indisputable fact. Shall I list them?[/p][/quote]To bad then setting up a debate site and again it as nothing to do with you to free,unless you want to really to debate about the subject in hand, it was only GeorgeM interested in debating, you and other was not interested or just wanted to slag off and thats not debating. southy

12:22am Sun 22 Jul 12

arizonan says...

Surely the home port for this ship should not be in the south of England.
The ship should be based in a port with a backdrop to compliment its obvious visual appeal.
Surely the home port for this ship should not be in the south of England. The ship should be based in a port with a backdrop to compliment its obvious visual appeal. arizonan

9:41am Sun 22 Jul 12

southy says...

arizonan wrote:
Surely the home port for this ship should not be in the south of England.
The ship should be based in a port with a backdrop to compliment its obvious visual appeal.
You mean some where like in the old Docks in Bristol (River Avon). theres spot that not being used no more by Brunel Way (just west of the Bridge crossing).
[quote][p][bold]arizonan[/bold] wrote: Surely the home port for this ship should not be in the south of England. The ship should be based in a port with a backdrop to compliment its obvious visual appeal.[/p][/quote]You mean some where like in the old Docks in Bristol (River Avon). theres spot that not being used no more by Brunel Way (just west of the Bridge crossing). southy

4:34pm Sun 22 Jul 12

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Wow would love to work on this from the day the keel is layed, to the ending of its first sea trip.
Teaching those kids, the art of rigging. but i expect most of ropes will be crimp
It wouldn't get finished though would it, you'd be on strike in a week.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Wow would love to work on this from the day the keel is layed, to the ending of its first sea trip. Teaching those kids, the art of rigging. but i expect most of ropes will be crimp[/p][/quote]It wouldn't get finished though would it, you'd be on strike in a week. Shoong

8:28pm Sun 22 Jul 12

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
And as for the other matter that is between me and Georgem, not you, unless your telling me you are Georgem also
Southy, you made a statement to ALL, Georgem replied and challenged you. BUT, the entire comment section is awaiting a reply.

I must admit it is about time you were challenged as you take almost every topic off subject for your political gain. Yet, without realising you're doing yourself more damage with each posting.

You post many untruths, many of which I cannot challenge as I am not fully aware of the facts but kind of know you are wrong, yet you seem to have this knowledge of anything and everything, yet will not back down when the truth comes out.

I'm not going to be nasty, so will make a suggestion. Sometimes when you know you may be incorrect, apologise and say 'I got it wrong' You get so much more respect for it rather than Lie and make up more rubbish to try and hide the fact you're lieing.

Was it last Saturday? I made a possible error regarding the Union members seeking compensation? I stepped right in and apologised if I was incorrect.

We all make mistakes Southy, no-one is perfect. xx
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: And as for the other matter that is between me and Georgem, not you, unless your telling me you are Georgem also[/p][/quote]Southy, you made a statement to ALL, Georgem replied and challenged you. BUT, the entire comment section is awaiting a reply. I must admit it is about time you were challenged as you take almost every topic off subject for your political gain. Yet, without realising you're doing yourself more damage with each posting. You post many untruths, many of which I cannot challenge as I am not fully aware of the facts but kind of know you are wrong, yet you seem to have this knowledge of anything and everything, yet will not back down when the truth comes out. I'm not going to be nasty, so will make a suggestion. Sometimes when you know you may be incorrect, apologise and say 'I got it wrong' You get so much more respect for it rather than Lie and make up more rubbish to try and hide the fact you're lieing. Was it last Saturday? I made a possible error regarding the Union members seeking compensation? I stepped right in and apologised if I was incorrect. We all make mistakes Southy, no-one is perfect. xx IronLady2010

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