THE stalled attempt to save the last Battle of the Atlantic warship for Liverpool has revived. A new initiative to preserve the former HMS Whimbrel in Canning Dock is now under way. Vice Admiral Mike Gretton, chairman of the HMS Whimbrel Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Ship, believes there is a “better than 50% chance” of bringing the ship home.
HMS Whimbrel, once part of the legendary Capt Johnnie Walker’s U-boat hunter killer second escort group, is laid up in Egypt. The Whimbrel saga, backed by the Liverpool Post’s Save Our Ship campaign has lasted a decade – three years longer than the Battle of the Atlantic itself. The official 70th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic will be held in Liverpool in May 2013.