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In 1998, 27 years after decommissioning by the Royal Navy, the former HMS CAVALIER lay in drydock in Hebburn, South Tyneside. She had been brought to the Tyne in 1987 to form the centrepiece of a national shipbuilding exhibition centre planned by South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council (STMBC) in the former shipyard of Hawthorn, Leslie and Company, builders of a whole series of similar destroyers including the immortal HMS KELLY. Unfortunately the ambitious plans for the museum came to nought and STMBC, faced with continuing maintenance costs and a hardening of public opinion against unnecessary expenditure, resolved to sell the ship and wind up the venture. The ship was bought by the Historic Dockyard, Chatham for display in their No. 2 drydock.
Recommended Local History websites.
www.oldtyneside.co.uk www.gatesheadeast.co.uk, www.donmouth.co.uk and www.hebburn.org