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    Excellent info. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by prawnograph View Post






    Exciting views, cannot get enough sightings, worth of the trip to see it all...

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    Samet Ngam
    King Taksin The Great Shipyard at Samet Ngam .
    350 years ago this was a shipping port, and the site of King Taksin’s shipyard.
    Leading up to 1767 he rebuilt his fleet here, and Tak led his forces from Chanthaburi to the Chao Phraya River delta in the twelfth lunar month of the same year.
    After he had taken Thon Buri, he attacked the Pho Sam Ton camp in Ayutthaya and was able to seize the camp in two days.
    His triumph over the Burmese at the Pho Sam Ton Camp was symbolic of the liberation of the country.
    Which goes some way to explaining why in 2012 HTMS Phosamton was refloated, having sunk at its mooring on the Chao Praya, and towed here for a restoration project (end of 2019, still waiting)


    HTMS Phosamton, 2012 at Samet Ngam pier



    HTMS Phosamton (ex HMS Minstrel), British Algerine Class, was built in 1944 by Redfern Construction Co., Ontario, Canada.
    She is an off shore mine sweeper vessel with a displacement of 1,097 ton (normal) and 1,350 ton (maximum).
    The Royal Thai government bought her from the British Government in 1947.
    In 1953 she sailed to Europe for Naval Cadets training and joined the Sea Review on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation day.
    She was propelled by two triple expanded steam engine 2,000 HP each and could reach the maximum speed of 16 knots when new. Used until 2009 for Royal Thai Navy as training ship, she was world’s oldest steam engine warship still in service.

    1953


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    Samet Ngam - HTMS Phosamton

    2012-13 a burst of activity, welding, sandblasting and painting
    On one of my regular cycling routes I'd see progress from the small team of workers




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    Samet Ngam - HTMS Phosamton

    2014 the coup, change of government, work stopped. Local news reported the funding had 'gone missing' but we never heard any outcome

    2017 the short-lived restoration efforts overtaken by rust




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    Samet Ngam - HTMS Phosamton

    1 June 2018. Settling into the riverbed


    20 May 2018 The Nation ran a story

    The Royal Thai Navy has denied reports that it is planning to sink a battleship that had joined the naval parade marking the royal coronation of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
    However, it has not ruled out the possibility of the battleship, Pho Sam Ton, finally being submerged.
    “We have already handed it over to the Chanthaburi Provincial Administration, which is now in the process of organising a public hearing on what to do with this battleship,” Navy chief of staff Admiral Pichet Tanaset said on Friday.
    “There’s no conclusion on the fate of Pho Sam Ton yet,” Pichet said. “But we think it would be unfortunate to waste such a ship.”


    Nothing since.
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