Enterprise

Signage warns the public to keep away from the ‘abandoned’ former minesweeper HMS Enterprise in Kilkeel

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

The former Royal Navy minesweeper with a rich history was previously anchored in Carlingford Lough and made headlines 10 years ago when it broke its moorings and was repeatedly stranded in the bay of Rostrevor.

Since being transferred to Kilkeel in County Down, the ship has fallen into very poor condition. As of Maginnis’ previous update on Afloat.ie in late 2020, the vessel now bears signage that reads ‘Abandoned Vessel – Danger Prohibited’.

The warning sign stuck on the remains of HMS Enterprise at Kilkeel | 1 credit

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

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

HMS Enterprise seen by Afloat.ie reader Gerard Rooney in Kilkeel last August |  Credit: Gerard RooneyHMS Enterprise seen by Afloat.ie reader Gerard Rooney in Kilkeel last August | Credit: Gerard Rooney