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Report - HMS Ganges, Shotley - Feb 16

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by ledgehammer, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    We found ourselves down in the southern depths, so we took the opportunity to witness the "state of decay" in Suffolk, this was the fruits of the day...

    a right mission to get in, and get to where you need to get to with secca e.t.c, google earth is a must before hand. We aimed purely to get into the swimming baths before sunrise. We did trapse around most of the rest of the site, access to other blocks difficult and with not much worth seeing inside in any case - a lot has been trashed. Secca somehow missing our presence a couple of times, and I caught the mast on film (right in front of the secca block), - we got what we went for...

    HISTORY:

    HMS Ganges was a training ship and later stone frigate of the Royal Navy. She was established as a boys' training establishment in 1865, and was based aboard a number of hulks before moving ashore. She was based alternately in Falmouth, Harwich (from 1899) and Shotley (from 1905). She remained in service at RNTE Shotley until October 1976.

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    The completion of shore works in 1905 led to the establishment of RNTE Shotley on 4 October. The facility included the buildings onshore and the ships offshore, which were HMS Ganges, HMS Caroline and HMS Boscawen II. The focus of the establishment now moved to shore based activities, and the capstan, bitts and figureheads were moved from the ships onto the shore.

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    In 1907 the 143-foot (44 m) high mast of the old steam corvette HMS Cordelia was erected. It would become a major landmark. In 1916 the establishment was bombed by a German Zeppelin. Rationing measures nearly produced a mutiny in 1917 but dispersed peacefully.

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    The outbreak of the Second World War led to the decision to close HMS Ganges as a boys' training centre. Training finished on 16 May 1940 and operations were moved to HMS St George.
    Ganges reopened as a boys' training establishment in October 1945. The establishment soon regained its former size and importance, continuing to expand its facilities. A number of VIP visits took place, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visited in 1956, First Lord of the Admiralty Lord Carrington visited in 1960 and HM Queen Elizabeth in 1961.

    In 1968 the Ham class minesweepers HMS
    Flintham and HMS Dittisham were attached to Ganges. In 1975 Ganges was opened to the public for the first time, with Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma the guest of honour. It was decided by the Admiralty to close HMS Ganges, which was done on 6 June 1976. The white ensign was lowered for the last time on 28 October and the establishment's training duties were transferred to HMS Raleigh.

    Following closure of HMS Ganges the married quarter estate was used by RAF personnel from nearby RAF facilities. In 1999 a large section of the former NCO quarters were acquired by The Welbeck Estate Group.

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    Cheers for looking... Vince and the gang ;-)




     

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  2. ledgehammer

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    Cool place mate
     
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    Looks rather nice does this place :thumb
     
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    You got anymore photos of the pool mate? :p
     
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    cheers,

    its a nice pool ;-)

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  7. WildBoyz

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    I got excited there, I thought you'd found a ship :D Your report is still good though, that pool is a good find.
     
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    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    lol, we thought the sae from a report we saw, but found out when we researched, still, a couple of masts is a nice consolation ;)
     
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    You've covered a nice area of the site mate, I visited her back in 2014 and only managed to get in to a few outbuildings and the pool. Nice to see all that peely :thumb.
     
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    Anyone been in here recently ?
     
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    For anyone visiting, the security office is on the right just after the front gate. I didn't get caught but a friend did after being scared shitless by gun shots from game keepers that control wildlife around there. Apparently these game keepers shoot from the back for a truck so i'd be very careful if you hear shooting.
     
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    Hi Ledgehammer, thanks for a great post, had special meaning to me as I was born in shotley, now live in the north west, I learnt to swim in the late 70'ies in that pool and that may have been my late father at the top of the mast as he was once button boy during his education there. At age 16 I worked at Shotley Marina and used to explor the out skirts of the site, it was a police training centre then, loved the Martelo tower you photed did you climb to the roof, great views! Thanks
     
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    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks for the post,

    nice to hear history e.t.c on the sites beyond what we google

    The tower was nice, didn't go all the way to the top, it was windy and we were evading a secca guy in a car but nice views from the middle of the tower.

    The vid starts up the top of the tower :-)

    thanks...
     
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    If anybody wants to take a visit, I go in there quite often. It's actually really easy to access. No need to climb fences or anything. I guess people are trying through the wrong side. Hit me up if you wanna take a look! :)
     
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    Agreed, if you look in the right place you can pretty much walk straight in. Did get caught last time I went in there by a lady that seemed to be searching there large open grass area for things. @pastime have you ever gained access to the swimming pool? Would love to get some shots of that bad boy.
     
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