Now sadly just moored up down the road from the historic Dockyard at Chatham Docks , there’s a petition to get funding for her restoration (turned down TWICE by the National Lottery ) , please sign it HERE
HMS President Preservation Trust, the charity that owns HMS President 1918, London’s last remaining World War One ship, and one of only three left has been refused Lottery funding of £330,000 to secure its future and may result in her being scrapped .The trust has a web site here
During WW1 HMS President 1918 was a secret German U Boat Submarine hunter (a ‘Q ship’) shadowing the Atlantic convoys with concealed guns. In WW2 She was used to protect St Paul’s Cathedral from the Luftwaffe.
The Charity’s last resort is an appeal and application to The Treasury for Government funding and it is hoped that our new Chancellor, Philip Hammond who was previously Defence Secretary and aware of the importance of The President to the nation and military, will now step in and save her.