The Tyne Training Ship Wellesley Remembered

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by Brian Godfrey

A familiar and welcome sight to any mariner entering the Tyne from the fearsome North Sea during the late 19th and early 20th centuries would have been the Training Ship ‘Wellesley’. Moored at North Shields, her white banded hull was home to thousands of homeless and destitute boys who were trained for a sea faring life.

With over 70 illustrations this book describes the training and instruction received on board as well as featuring the story of the ship’s band; the bravery of the boys; the personal memories of an ‘old boy’; the fire that devastated the ship; the move to the Palace at Tynemouth; and finally the Wellesley Roll of Honour.

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