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Project Vernon - Minewarfare & Diving Statue
Posted by: Rob Hoole ()
Date: December 01, 2008 07:33PM

This is only loosely related to Allied Warships but should interest fellow regulars on uboat.net. Project Vernon is a new and exciting campaign to erect a statue at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, UK to commemorate the Minewarfare and Diving heritage of HMS Vernon, the previous occupant of the site. In its time, HMS Vernon was visited by minesweepers and minehunters of many nations and the minewarfare and diving personnel of several different navies (including the Bundesmarine) passed through its gates, both as experienced specialists and as trainees.

Australian Les Johnson FRBS (http://www.johnsonmail.org.uk/page2.html) was selected last week as the sculptor of choice following his presentation of a maquette that most closely satisfied the criteria established by the project committee. More details and pictures are available on the Home Page of the Project Vernon website (http://vernon-monument.org/default.aspx). Please note that this is not a commercial venture.

John Terry FCSD, Head of RN Fleet Graphics and ex-Portsmouth Graphics Pool at HMS Vernon, has produced a stunning oil painting entitled 'Danger at Depth'. This was initially intended to provide guidance to the competing sculptors but he has now donated it to the cause. It has already gone the rounds of several Royal Navy establishments in the Portsmouth area and will be displayed at naval gatherings throughout the coming months. Individuals will be given the opportunity to purchase limited edition prints with the proceeds going towards Project Vernon but advanced orders can be placed now via the project website's Purchases page (http://vernon-monument.org/purchases.aspx). Hurry as they are already proving extremely popular and your early action will help the project committee gauge future fundraising requirements more accurately.

Best wishes,

Rob Hoole
Project Vernon committee member

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