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Warrior of the waves in peaceful mission

PUBLISHED: 13:02 04 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:08 03 March 2010

MODERN day warriors sailed into Ipswich this morning to spread their message for future generations.

Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior, docked at Orwell Quay today to give Suffolk people the chance to climb on-board and meet the crew and its campaigners.

MODERN day warriors sailed into Ipswich this morning to spread their message for future generations.

Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior docked at Orwell Quay today to give Suffolk people the chance to climb on board and meet the crew and its campaigners.

The former fishing vessel – the second Rainbow Warrior – is on its last leg of a UK tour.

The first became a household name in July, 1985, after agents of the French secret service attached two bombs to her hull, which exploded killing the Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira.

Rene Meek, an active Greenpeace volunteer, said the visit to Ipswich was to promote the benefits of an offshore East Anglian wind farm, as an alternative to nuclear power.

It follows the recent Greenpeace campaign a month ago which saw 150 people break into Sizewell's nuclear power station and sit on the roof of the building.

Claire Insley, a volunteer for nine years, said: "Sizewell is why we are here. The visit also allows people to come on board, see the ship and it raises education and awareness.

"We have had really good response so far and everybody has been supportive of us."

After the free guided tour people were shown a short video and were given the chance to pick up leaflets, make donations and buy Greenpeace merchandise.

The ship recently led more than 20 vessels in a peaceful protest against the transportation against the nuclear waste from Japan to Cumbria.

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