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HMS President at Chatham Docks restoration plan

By Katie May Nelson

A fundraising page has been set up to restore one of the last three surviving Royal Navy warships of the First World War.

HMS President, which was used as an anti-aircraft platform, is located in Chatham Docks.

The 101-year-old ship - originally called HMS Saxifrage - features a quirky design which was added last year when docked in London.

The HMS President
The HMS President

It was selected to be part of an art project marking100 years since the end of the war.

However, the vinyl wrap has caused it to rust. The roof and deck have also suffered water ingress.

The ship needs repairs to retain the structure.

Once that is done, the private owners hope to turn the ship into a museum under its original name.

They are now looking to raise £5,000 to do so.

Danny Broom, the ship’s deputy manager in charge of its maintenance, said: “We need to get the repairs sorted and get her into the dry dock."

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