From: Alien spacecraft
Well, we've got nothing left over here post WWI, with the exception of the Caroline and Belfast - both light cruisers. Appreciate what you've got guys.
Yes, what Britain did to her WWII ship pool was a huge disgrace (you mean Cavalier, BTW, don't you? A C-class destroyer in Chatham docks).
On the other hand, luckily some had enough pride to save Victory, Trincomalee, Unicorn, Warrior, Gannet, Holland 1, Ocelot, and Onyx.
Anyone visit the USS Salem (used for 'Graf Spee' in the movie "Battle of the River Plate") in Quincy, Mass.?
I used to think that way, but after talking to the curator of HMS Warrior about all those scrapped ships I ate some humble pie. When i asked why they weren't preserved he just chuckled and asked how could they?....there were so many more important concerns immediately post war and there was simply no resources that could be spared.
Basically the situation the US is finding itself in now as we struggle to find pockets to maintain and increase our aging collection of preserved warships.