Quote from current owners:
“Since 1922 HMS President has been moored on the Embankment near Blackfriars Bridge.
Before then she sought to destroy “U” Boats in WW1, as a secretly armed “Q” ship.
Throughout her time on the Thames she has fulfilled a number of roles including protecting St Paul’s Cathedral during the Second World War.
Due to the upcoming construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel to tackle sewage discharges into the River Thames, HMS President (1918) has to leave its traditional mooring next to Blackfriars Bridge on Saturday 5th of February at 02:00
To get her ready to be towed downriver, her funnel and wheelhouse will shortly be removed so she can pass underneath the various bridges downstream.
The current management team are working hard to secure a new mooring along the Thames, which requires a lottery grant and permission from the Port of London Authority.”
No mooring has yet been secured and it is said she is due to be towed to Chatham, which is a little concerning due to the fact HMS Chrysanthemum was towed to the Medway and the hull was deemed too corroded and she was later broken up in 1995. Fingers crossed this old girl does not follow the same fate.