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    Hells bells !

    This is the Save the Lincoln Castle group renamed !

    I see that my web page is quoted ..... so I have had to update it sharpish

    Good to see that someone has jumped in immediately to say that she won't fit through the Marina lock gates

    I know she is in a bit of a poor state but as far as I know she is (still) secure with Hartlepool Council, but with the cost of maintaining her soaring, you never know. She is closed to the public and in a real sorry state in parts

    I know that PSPS are regularly in touch with Hartlepool Council about her

    Based on my experience with the Queen Mary project and what I know of past projects, I would not recommend anyone embarking on a Save the Wingfield Castle (for Hull) project however much you would like to see her there
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    Re: Save The Wingfield Castle

    They have got a dry dock there for the Wingfield to go in it sould be restored and kept there it was built there.



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    Re: Save The Wingfield Castle

    Save The Wingfield Castle Originally Posted by George Ted Save The Wingfield Castle
    They have got a dry dock there for the Wingfield to go in it sould be restored and kept there it was built there.
    I agree it should stay in Hartlepool

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    Re: Save The Wingfield Castle

    It looks like the full restoration of Wingfield castle will go ahead now

    https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/new...-plans-1384558

    Best change the thread title to "Wingfield Castle Saved" !

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    Re: Save The Wingfield Castle

    Save The Wingfield Castle Originally Posted by tramscape Save The Wingfield Castle
    It looks like the full restoration of Wingfield castle will go ahead now

    https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/new...-plans-1384558

    Best change the thread title to "Wingfield Castle Saved" !
    This is great news! For a while, it looked as if Wingfield Castle would go the same way as her sister, Lincoln Castle. But let’s wait and see how things develop. I’ll be happier once I see the plans turned into action!

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    Re: Save The Wingfield Castle

    Lets hope it gets renovated it was hard to see the Lincoln Castle get scrapped as i was born at New Holland and traveled on them many times.



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    Re: Save The Wingfield Castle

    It's a case of "I'll believe it when I see it". We visited her on 14 May 2014, and read the descriptive notice by the entrance that said that her last day of service was 14 May 1974, exactly 40 years ago. A significant anniversary. There was absolutely nothing on board in recognition of the date. Surely a vending opportunity lost?

    It was clear that at one time, a lot of money had been spent on restoration work, but little had been done since, and rot was setting in. It really was depressing to see a ship that we had sailed on, and which was supposed to have been preserved, in such a state.

    This was an important part of Humber history, and deserves to be given a bit of TLC. If only I can be assured that she will continue to be looked after once this round of work is done.

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    Re: Save The Wingfield Castle

    She was of course restored by the same team which restored HMS Warrior ... before that team was disbanded

    She got quite a big restoration about 15 years ago but apart from the nice sign at the gangway and the mannequin in the engine room, there is not much else. The cafeteria of course, but I don't think it was ever that busy because Hartlepool museum, although excellent, really isn't. A lift was installed to access the lower decks but these were closed off and used for hire for such as local societies so would never really raise much money

    Really, the ship is a bit boring but OK for kids to run around - up to a point. How it works as "part" of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, but not part of it (as it is Council-owner and not part of the "paid-for" area) I don't know - but it is mentioned as part of the Royal Navy Museum in their leaflets. The RN Museum has its own catering outlets and ther is a pub just outside the paid area - and a fast food restaurant a stone's throw away.

    The ship will deteriorate faster than it will be maintained, but money from the City Deal should at least get it tarted up well. I'm not sure what they can really do with it, though - and the time will come when it will look shabby again
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