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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2006, 14:51 GMT 15:51 UK
Submarine makes move to new home
HMS Onyx is towed along the Mersey
HMS Onyx is expected to arrive in Barrow on Wednesday morning
A submarine which formed part of a warships museum which closed earlier this year has been moved to a new site.

HMS Onyx, which saw action in the Falklands War, was part of the Historic Warships Collection at Birkenhead Docks, Wirral, which shut in February.

The Warship Preservation Trust, which ran the site, went into liquidation.

The submarine was towed out of the dock and out of the Mersey on Tuesday to a new base at Barrow in Cumbria, where it will be part of a new heritage centre.

Sea festival

The collection in Birkenhead had been one of Merseyside's most popular maritime tourist attractions.

The former grain warehouses which are being redeveloped
The area will be a car park when the warehouses are redeveloped

It had to be moved because the site was needed for a car park for a development comprising apartments, shops and restaurants in the neighbouring East Float Mill.

HMS Onyx, which was used in the Falklands War in 1982, was bought by the warship Preservation Trust in 1991 after being taken out of active service.

She was sold two weeks ago to become the centrepiece of the new heritage centre in Barrow and will go on display this weekend at the town's Festival of the Sea.

Talks are continuing about the future of the other vessels in the collection.


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