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Signage Warns Public Away From ‘Abandoned’ Ex-Minesweeper HMS Enterprise in Kilkeel

30th October 2022
The HMS Enterprise in poor condition at Kilkeel Harbour in October 2022
The HMS Enterprise in poor condition at Kilkeel Harbour in October 2022 Credit: Lee Maginnis

Afloat.ie reader Lee Maginnis has provided an update on the current condition of the old minesweeper HMS Enterprise in Kilkeel Harbour, and the news is not good.

The former Royal Navy minesweeper with a storied history was previously anchored in Carlingford Lough, and made the news 10 years ago when it broke its moorings and beached in Rostrevor Bay a number of times.

Since relocated to Kilkeel in Co Down, the vessel has fallen into serious disrepair. Since Maginnis’ previous update to Afloat.ie in late 2020, the boat now bears signage that reads “Abandoned Vessel - Danger Keep Out”.

The warning sign taped to the remains of the HMS Enterprise in Kilkeel | Credit: Lee MaginnisThe warning sign taped to the remains of the HMS Enterprise in Kilkeel | Credit: Lee Maginnis

“Sadly HMS Enterprise has succumbed to the elements after languishing for years in Kilkeel Harbour,” McGinnis says. “She has been moved so that her bows are now in shallow water, her stern is underwater and she is listing to one side. A sad sight.”

If any Afloat.ie readers have any more information about the Enterprise and its current situation, please get in touch or let us know in the comments below.

The HMS Enterprise as seen by Afloat.ie reader Gerard Rooney in Kilkeel this past August | Credit: Gerard RooneyThe HMS Enterprise as seen by Afloat.ie reader Gerard Rooney in Kilkeel this past August | Credit: Gerard Rooney

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