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1984 - Scrapping of HMS BULWARK

10th March. The 27,000 ton aircraft carrier HMS Bulwark made her last journey from Portsmouth. Known affectionately in the yard as the “rusty B”, she was towed out of the harbour for the ship breakers.

During the Falklands war her boilers were tested and the ship’s structure surveyed with the aim of sending her south should the need arise. She was one of a class of eight intermediate carriers laid down towards the end of the Second World War of which only four were completed, the others being Centaur, Albion and Hermes.

Hermes was delayed in building and eventually emerged as a single ship class.