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Report - RNTE Shotley (HMS Ganges) Dec 19


Bikin Glynn

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Yawn yes again! But I liked it here & have tried to keep the pics a bit different so bear with me.

The History (nicked from wiki)
Royal Naval Training Establishment Shotley, known in the Royal Navy as HMS Ganges, was a naval training establishment at Shotley, near Ipswich in Suffolk. Starting in 1905, it trained boys for naval service until it closed in 1976, following the raising of the school leaving age from 15 to 16.[1] It had a mixed reputation in the Royal Navy, both for its reputed harsh methods of training boys in order to turn out professionally able, self-reliant ratings and for the professionalism of its former trainees. It is particularly famous for its 143-foot (44 m) high mast which all boys under training were required to ascend, at least to the half-moon and for the mast manning ceremonies held whenever a dignitary visited the establishment.

It also houses a battery that is quite interesting...
Shotley Battery was built in 1865 on the Shotley Peninsula to guard the port of Felixstowe, within HMS Ganges Naval Training school, on the same site as an existing Martello Tower.

It was built with seven sides using brick and earth. It was surrounded with a dry ditch and had three magazines.[1] Originally armed with 14 68-pounder guns, these were replaced 14 7-inch RML guns. It was modified with two positions for 10-inch Rifled Muzzle Loading (RML) guns in 1891. These were used until 1901.

The battery was then disarmed and transferred to the Admiralty in 1904 as part of a shore training establishment HMS Ganges. It has suffered much damage since HMS Ganges closed in 1976 and became a police training centre which has in turn closed.

The Explore

Not much to tell here really. this is mostly a walk in tbh but we did manage to cover the sports hall which is somewhat trickier & security lurk far too close to for comfort.
We were rushed for time so Im sure there is still a huge amount we missed but this is what we got!

















































Oh go on then just a few from the pool!

















Thanks for looking see u later!

 
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mockney reject

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Nice to see this as always, one of my first explores and a great close up altercation with an angry owl in the roof of the swimming pool lol
 

Calamity Jane

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Nicely done, I think you captured some very different angles & things. You kept pool to minimum, and showed little oddments, I liked the b&w Nelson, and the shot of the hoop. Your angles/eye for a different view is great, I like the stair angle and the mile stone shot too. :thumb
 

xplorer.x

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Wish I came here before the pool was all graffed up. Left it a bit too late now.
Nice report anyways. Always good to see an update on this place.
 

Bikin Glynn

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Nicely done, I think you captured some very different angles & things. You kept pool to minimum, and showed little oddments, I liked the b&w Nelson, and the shot of the hoop. Your angles/eye for a different view is great, I like the stair angle and the mile stone shot too. :thumb
Thanks Jane, it is a nice place, dont know why I hadnt made it there before!
 

Bikin Glynn

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Wish I came here before the pool was all graffed up. Left it a bit too late now.
Nice report anyways. Always good to see an update on this place.
Thanks & ditto wish I had got there before that. With security on site Im not sure how the place has got so trashed tbh!
 

Bikin Glynn

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Decent update, could do with losing those unsightly flickr back links from the image code though :thumb
Yeah Im still never sure which bit to cut out of the link so can only get rid of them with an edit after posting!
 

Calamity Jane

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Actually, I've been guilty of this for years. Will look at that guide and try and mend my ways...
I was too at the start, I use to host using BB, and slowly after previewing each pic I worked it out slowly lol, but now upload directly. And save my photos onto external passports. Think we have all been guilty at some point
 

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