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Old 04-11-2008, 11:42
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Four more pictures of the disintergrating mast at HMS Ganges.

Pictures from Joss HMS Ganges association.

Bob.
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Old 10-12-2008, 15:01
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Here are a couple of pictures taken of the Ganges mast prior to the previous ones.
Three of them will give people who have never climbed the mast an insight as to how it looks from aloft.

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Old 12-03-2009, 01:22
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I dont know if anyone would be interested but here is a link to some sad recent photographs of what remains of Ganges...

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/...ad.php?t=34066
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Old 12-03-2009, 16:33
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So Tragic, and the mast is supposed to have 'listed building' status.

Considering it has trained boys since early 1900's it's a disgrace it wasn't kept for some use. I know it was a police training base at one time.

The swimming pool was my favourite place, I was in the 'ganges' water polo team.

Thanks for the link Terry.

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Old 12-03-2009, 18:08
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A pleasure to bring them to you Alan if not a pleasure to see the state it has now become.

Like yourself I am utterly amazed at how it can have been allowed to deteriorate into this. Surely some use could have been made of it - maybe could still be??

Is anyone clued up as to what the future might hold??
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Old 13-03-2009, 10:48
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We matelots are a different breed, as you say, and I'm very proud of that fact. We always used to grumble about "bloody civvies" and now that I am one I still do.

Oh poo, another rant - sorry guys!
My dad Also a Ganges boy used to say "The navy was never the same when they let bloody civvies join!"

He was there in 1923 and I went there in 1971, when he visited on passing out day he said that very little had changed. well its changed now alright.

I was in Keppel division the "Blue mansions" a bunch of corrugated huts. I remember on a sunday afternoon in winter laying on my pit with an overcoat on as it was so cold there was nowhere else to go to warm up.

I did hear that when Ganges closed mid seventies the establishment was offered up as a Site for a young odffenders facility but was turned down because it wasn't up to standard for the little darlings.
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Old 30-03-2009, 13:02
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Well folks,

I am attempting to keep the memory of said Training Establishment to the Fore!!! as witness my Signature... it reflects what is an everlasting memory of over zealous PTI's keeping us on the move or as they would see it "warming us up" !!

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I could have included:-
"from the halt to the halt on the left form squad" etc etc
or...
"at the double lad... you dont walk across my parade ground"
or
"it's Shotley routine for you lot if you don't buck up""

They said it was character building!!

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Old 11-04-2009, 21:53
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Come on then guys... who did do a week of Shotley routine?

I recall watching a class of unfortunates standing at the counter for their nosh in the CMG doubling on the spot!!

T'was enough to NEARLY put you off doing anything wrong

Our Mess, Keppel 7 formerly Hawke Div'n, got an unexpected but probably warranted trip or three around the sports track in the black of night, in pajamas, in boots, with oilskins on, .... and ... you couldn't have guessed it ... our mattresses folded over our heads!!!

Nobody broke before the duty PO ... we were sparkers and buntins ... guess who had us up to that then?

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Our Mess, Keppel 7 formerly Hawke Div'n, got an unexpected but probably warranted trip or three around the sports track in the black of night, in pajamas, in boots, with oilskins on, .... and ... you couldn't have guessed it ... our mattresses folded over our heads!!!

Well, whoever he was he gave it to you easy....around the sports track!!

It used to be up and down Faith, Hope and Charity with all of the above until you gave up!

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It used to be up and down Faith, Hope and Charity with all of the above until you gave up!

Been there and done it! Never did it again
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Old 12-04-2009, 15:28
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It used to be up and down Faith, Hope and Charity with all of the above until you gave up!

Been there and done it! Never did it again
I managed to avoid Ganges (did my training at HMS Raleigh) until '72' when I was drafted there as an Instructor. Used to watch those lads scramble up that mast and shiver...better them than me! It was a good draft but things were a changing in the Mob, not least the changes re initial engagement of entrants to HM Forces (could leave the service after a few months if they decided they did not like it) and the raising of the school leaving age to 16, which I was told sounded the death knell of HMS Ganges.
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Old 12-04-2009, 18:42
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I've just viewed your posted YouTube Bob. I'm sad to see it in such a state but I guess nothing is ever forever.

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Old 12-04-2009, 19:03
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Faith, Hope & Charity was for you really bad un's, which my lot clearly were not!!! and you will note that our lot didn't 'crack' or give up!

Did do the:-
'bunny hops' with broom handle at back of knees down covered way though.
and
those dreadful 'star jumps' were completely knackering.

The mess raids were always a laugh! especially in the Hawke Division tin huts if you were the upstairs mess.

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Yep
Did the oilskins and Faith Hope & Charity bit.

One that sticks in my mind was the night before a Final kit muster to become Junior seaman fist class some one in our mess broke a spare bed by jumping on it and wouldn't "fess" up.
So our CPO instructor had us muster outside, in the rain, in varieties of all of the kit that we had prepared for our muster. He gave us an impossibly short time to get there in the various rigs and when somone was late, as there inevitably were, he made us double 'round the parade ground. needless to say we all failed our kit inspections and had rescrubs and punishments for having our kit in such a poor state.
The culprit finally confessed (too late) after the threat of a good kicking from the rest of us.

We finaly became Junior seaman first class (star) a few weeks later .

Dear mum, I have just been rated Junior seaman first class (star)
Dear Son, Be kind to your men!
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How about clearing the Shotley Road of snow with your tooth brush! I remember being told that you don't walk on my Parade Gound you F------g FLY who do you think you are Move yourself BOY!! How, having a bit of toast away from the CMG, to be caught by rather portly RPO Ford who the took pleasure in rubbing the offending piece of toast into pulp all over your white front. Strewth I can feel those crumbs now nearly 50yrs on.
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Calling all Ganges Boys. Fall in. Record your names on this thread and lets see how many of us are on this great site?
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Old 18-04-2009, 22:27
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Better still your name your recruitment etc and date joined .
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there is already a thread for that herehttp://www.worldnavalships.com/forum...ghlight=ganges
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Old 18-04-2009, 22:42
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Mousey, hello there...

Checked your posts to date and note you joined Ganges 1949

Your latest post ... is it a hi-jack? ... too many of them off Somalia at the moment!! .. plenty of ex Ganges on this forum ... it eeks out in posts over a period of time... proud lads all ... but I dont think a register of same is necessary on here with all respect!!!

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4.1.49 Annexe to Gr 19 Griffin 213 Class. Took a 'while' to find yr original!
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That is quite all right , thougt you would like to see what was already here and introduce yourself there.
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I joined GANGES on 16 Mar 54 - 392 with ChiefTel RAVEN as my instructor - backclassed to 212 (morse!) which was good news as I then had PO Tel THOMPSON (Rocky) as my instructor - He went on to be a Commander.
My claims to fame at Ganges - First Boy to win the NRA Silver Medal for 14 years, and won the Buzzard Trophy later - I still shoot. Ganges Sailing Colours and winner of the Enwright Trophy (after Boy Cook left!).
Retired from RN 40 years later as a Lt Cdr.

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Well...Fairlead

You certainly did very well at Ganges. I'm glad that you weren't there when I was (1966). They might have expected all of us to be that good!!!!!!!
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Whilst at Ganges we were all issued with black Garters to hold up our football socks. A Junior in my mess hadn't sewn his chin stay and when we were going to do rifle drill, he sort of, panicked. One guy suggested that he put his garter around his head and then put his cap on. It looked quite impressive, until, on the parade graound, a gust of wind blew his cap off. Our Instuctor went over to him and hardly controlling himself from laughing grabbed hold of him and escorted him around all the other classes that were there. Everyone thought it was great fun, except us when they returned. Six times around the parade ground with a .303 above our head. All chin stays were sewn in after that.
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