We spent the morning at Shotley marina in Harwich harbour. This used to be the site of HMS Ganges, which trained boys for the Navy. The original HMS Ganges was an 84 gun second rate ship of the line built of teak in Bombay in 1821; she was the last of the Royal Navy's sailing ships to act as an admiral's flagship. When it had become clear to all that the day of the wooden sailing warship was past, she was moored off Shotley and used as a training ship. The training establishment came ashore in 1905 and lasted at Shotley till 1976. From what I have heard their methods were fairly robust, but no doubt effective with those cut out for a successful naval career.
|Alice with part of HMS Ganges|