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The new TS Royalist and Havengore in West India Dock – 27th May 2015

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Last September after the Tall Ships regatta, one ship stayed in West India Dock to be given a final send off.  That  ship was the TS Royalist when a celebration took place to honour its service  for the Sea Cadet organisation. Although it was a celebration , there was a tinge of sadness as the old ship was due to be decommissioned after over 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.

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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.

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Remarkably  the new TS Royalist is now in West India Dock to await its commissioning on Friday, looking on the surface very similar to its predecessor, the ship has been fitted to better suit the modern sailor.

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Another familiar sight on the Thames but a rare visitor to the West India Dock is the famous Havengore. For a small vessel she has carried a large number of distinguished visitors,

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Havengore’s most famous moment came in 1965 when, watched live by a worldwide audience of 350 million, she took centre stage as she carried Sir Winston Churchill on his final journey by water along the Thames.

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More recently Havengore was selected to carry members of the royal family as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in a flotilla of over a thousand vessels during the River Thames pageant on 3rd June 2012.
It is not known how long the Havengore or TS Royalist are in dock but they are both well worth a visit.

 

Farewell to the TS Royalist in West India Dock

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When  the Tall ships departed in the Parade of Sail along the Thames, one Tall ship was left behind in West India Dock.

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The ship is the TS Royalist and last night a celebration took place to honour its service  for the Sea Cadet organisation. Although it was a celebration , there was a tinge of sadness as the old ship is due to be decommissioned after over 40 years service.

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TS Royalist was built by Groves and Guttridge, Cowes, Isle of Wight. and launched in 1971 by Princess Anne, in her years of service it is estimated she has  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.

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The Sea Cadets organisation is a national nautical youth charity offering young people between 10 and 18 a taste of the  nautical life and is based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy. The organisation  also  help the young people to develop  a range of  life skills and boost confidence and self esteem.

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The TS Royalist is built of steel, with an overall length of 29 metres (97 feet), and is designed as  a traditional square-rigged brig . However in recent years she has became increasingly expensive to maintain, therefore the decision was made to commission the building of a new ship with advanced sailing ability and performance.

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Raising nearly 4 million pounds in two years , the organisation awarded the contract to a Spanish shipbuilder but is sourcing a considerable amount of the  equipment  from the UK.

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The TS Royalist is a familiar participant in the Tall Ship festivals and races and regularly visits many UK ports and ports in France and other part of Europe.