THIS WEEK IN 1978: A major set back in plans for Lively Lady

Hopes of Southsea traders that they might have been able to acquire Sir Alec Rose's yacht, Lively Lady, as a permanent feature and star attraction in the planned new pedestrian precinct in Palmerston Road hit a major setback.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 14th March 2018, 5:00 am

Sir Alec said he was ‘shocked’ by the plan and was firmly opposed to it.

‘I feel it would be distasteful to exhibit the yacht in a shopping area,’ he said.

‘It would also be at risk to damage by vandals and there could be no guarantee that it would be properly protected in the long term.’

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In 1975 Sir Alec handed Lively Lady over to the Maritime Trust and she had since been used as a training boat.

‘When Lively Lady reaches the end of her useful life I hope it will be possible to arrange for the yacht to be preserved in Portsmouth Dockyard,’ he said.