The beautiful De Zeven Provinciën-class light cruiser Hr.Ms. De Ruyter (C 801), who went on to serve the Peruvian Navy as BAP Almirante Grau (CLM-81) until she was retired in 2017, was to be saved as a floating museum, perhaps at the Naval Museum in Callao, but lack of funding and interest derailed that.
The Peruvians put the last all-gun cruiser on active service up for sale for around $1 million back in March, but concerns about asbestos, chemicals dating back to the 1930s, and lead paint made that a non-starter as it would likely cost more to safely dispose of all the bad stuff than her value in recycled materials.
A last-ditch effort by a group of Navy vets in Holland likewise fell through.
This led to a quiet ceremony, attended by a naval band, of the old girl being towed from Lima to
undisclosed shipbreakers, likely in India, for scrapping in Guayaquil, Ecuador, for a final price undisclosed.
She deserved better.
Update: Oryx reported Saturday that Almirante Grau/De Ruyter docked over the weekend in India, completing her final voyage.