Royal Navy selling former minehunter as potential “stylish restaurant or floating bar”

Former HMS Walney is currently moored in Portsmouth

The Royal Navy is selling its decommissioned minehunter HMS Walney and is advertising the vessel as a “one of a kind opportunity” for potential buyers.

Announcing the potential sale of the vessel, the navy said Walney has potential to be turned into “a houseboat, a stylish restaurant, a floating bar or even an office-space packed with individuality”.

The former Sandown-class minehunter was decommissioned in October 2010 and is no longer in running condition, as her engines and most of the equipment have been removed.

Walney is safe for towing however and is currently moored in Portsmouth from where it will be sold. The navy’s guide price is £30,000.

This is the second time the Royal Navy is trying to sell the vessel after it failed to attract buyers for the vessel in 2014.

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