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The visit of HMS Edinburgh and Silver Explorer to Lyme Regis

The visit of the Royal Navy’s HMS Edinburgh and the cruise ship Silver Explorer over the weekend of May 18th to 20th 2012 will probably never be repeated.

Lyme Regis was host to these two beautiful ships which moored about three quarters of a mile off the town. It really was quite a sight as it's been many, many years since Lyme Regis had a large naval vessel here and the town has never had a visit from a cruise ship here before.

Lyme Regis deep sea fishing trips were postponed for the day and Marie F. and Sunbeam both did one hour Lyme Regis mackerel fishing trips around both ships. There were loads of mackerel around that weekend and sightseers were delighted to discover that they could get very, very close to both ships and catch mackerel at the same time.

HMS EdinburghHMS Edinburgh was here for a major civic weekend with lots of activities including the captain entertaining the Lyme Regis council and local dignitaries. Silver Explorer called in on the first day of a cruise that would eventually call in at Reykjavik in Iceland but if you chose to go on the ship and travel between The Gold Coast and the Skeleton Coast in West Africa the luxury all inclusive 19 day trip could set you back as much as £14,799 per person!

Silver Explorer

 

By 7p.m. on the Sunday evening Silver Explorer disappeared heading west and on Monday morning HMS Edinburgh had gone too. I was very sorry to see them go and thoroughly enjoyed their company.

[Photos courtesy of Peter Wiles Photography ©)]

Published on 27/09/2012.

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