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BRITISH MERCHANT NAVY CADET TRAINING SHIPS

SEA SCHOOLS

A chronicle of British Merchant Navy sea schools is available for download as a pdf here. It begins with the establishment of the Royal Mathematical School at Christ’s Hospital in 1673, and it then steps down through history to the latter part of the twentieth century – by which time the British Merchant Navy had gone into terminal decline.

 

The 1950 prospectus for the Cadet School Ship HMS Conway is a comprehensive document, which includes some excellent photographs. Details on the scholarships available and the twenty-six "principal Companies which give employment to boys from the 'Conway'" provide a picture of an apparently healthy British Merchant Navy in 1950. It is a large document, which might take a while to download, but it would be worth the effort. It is available here.

 

Peter Wheeler has kindly provided a prospectus produced in the early 1950s by the Nautical College, Pangbourne. This document splits neatly into two parts, and the first part provides a valuable amount of written information about the College; eight scholarships are listed as available, and there is also a list containing an impressive total of fifty-six "steamship companies into whose service ex-Pangbourne cadets have entered". Part one is available here.

 

The second part of the prospectus produced in the early 1950s by the Nautical College, Pangbourne, contains a superb collection of photographs featuring: the college buildings, the estate, the river frontage, many aspects of college life and a map of the location. Part two is available here.

 

Terry Milne has kindly provided a prospectus produced in 1951 by the Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College HMS Worcester. It provides a detailed introduction to the training given by this College, and it includes some excellent photographs. Whilst it is a large document, which might take a while to download, it too would be worth the effort. It is available here.

 

Any material that you may have on British Merchant Navy sea schools would be most gratefully received.