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TS Royalist in West India Dock

After the departure of one training ship, the Lord Nelson, we see the arrival of another with the TS Royalist.

This is the new TS Royalist, the old TS Royalist was decommissioned in 2014 after 40 years service. In her years of service it is estimated she had taken over 30,000 cadets to sea. The cadets generally join the ship for a week and learn the rudiments of sailing a large ship.

To build a replacement for the ship, the Sea Cadet organisation had to raise nearly 4 million pounds in two years, when the target was reached the organisation awarded the contract to a Spanish shipbuilder but sourced a considerable amount of the equipment from the UK.

The new ship which is the Sea Cadets flagship looks on the surface very similar to its predecessor but is fitted to better suit the modern sailor and is more economical to operate. The training brig takes twenty-four cadets to sea for six day voyages.

The new TS Royalist is beginning to build its own reputation appearing at the recent Tall Ships Festival 2017. It is one of a number of training tall ships that play an important role in providing training for young people to learn seamanship, sailing skills, leadership and teamwork.


  1. Savage says:

    Do you know if the public can board these to look around? Or is that a totally dumb question

    • Hi Laura,

      That is not a dumb question at all, but there is not a simple answer.
      Training ships like Lord Nelson and Royalist do not tend to be open to visitors, but the large tall ships run by other countries navies generally have an open day where you can visit.
      Warships often have open days where you can have a wander around, Super yachts never welcome visitors.
      Generally if there is going to be an open day, the ship will put a board outside with date and times.
      I always try to state if the boat visiting is open for a visit, but it is not always easy to know.
      I think there is a visit due of a large tall ship at the end of July which will have an open day, so keep your eyes open for updates.

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