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Re: Gravesend Sea School. HMS Gordon. Gravesend NSTS
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 20:56:10 »
I went to NSTS 1971/72.
I'd guess we were called peanuts due to our short hair in a period when youngsters having short hair usually meant services or just released from prison. 

HERB COLLECTOR  Thanks for for the links. They brought back a few memories.

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Re: Gravesend Sea School. HMS Gordon. Gravesend NSTS
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 18:19:42 »
Has brought back memories of seeing large numbers of the cadets out and about in Gravesend Town.  They used to be know as 'peanuts'.  I have no idea why, anyone know?

Apparently it was due to a peanut seller who shouted his wares outside the school, but as with all such stories, who knows?
See http://www.mercha,nt-navy.net/forum/ask-the-forum/1639-gravesend-peanut.html for a few other ideas.

The school was nicknamed the "Peanut Factory."  :)
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Re: Gravesend Sea School. HMS Gordon. Gravesend NSTS
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 12:09:20 »
Has brought back memories of seeing large numbers of the cadets out and about in Gravesend Town.  They used to be know as 'peanuts'.  I have no idea why, anyone know?

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Gravesend Sea School. HMS Gordon. Gravesend NSTS
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2017, 22:45:26 »
The Gravesend Sea School was established in late 1918 when an expanding Merchant Navy urgently needed trained seamen to replace those transferred to the Royal Navy during the First World War. The school was to provide short, 12 weeks for deckhands, 8 weeks for catering, intensive training for boys aged 16-17. The first intake was in September 1918 and the school could take 150 boys at any one time.
The school was on the Gravesend riverside between the Promenade and the Custom House, housed in what had been a sailors home for sailors needing temporary accommodation while ashore. At first the school was funded by the Government. In 1919 the Shipping Federation took on the financial responsibility, the federation receiving a Government grant for each successful trainee. In time the federation established other schools, for firemen, seamanship, and others, which were later merged to form the National Sea Training School, Gravesend.

On the outbreak of the Second World War the school was moved to the Training Ship Vindicatrix berthed at Sharpness on the Avon in Gloucestershire.
The school at Gravesend was loaned to the Admiralty for training adults. diverted from Royal Navy recruits, for the Merchant Navy. The school was renamed HMS Gamebird, then HMS Gordon, then, in 1943, HMS General Gordon.
The school was returned to the Shipping Federation in 1944. It continued to train adults until 1945, when it returned to training youths to replace the more than 36,000 merchant seamen who had lost their lives during the war.

In 1963 the National Sea Training Schools became the National Sea Training Trust. In 1967 the school was closed and replaced by a new building offering better facilities at Chalk Marshes, Gravesend to be called the National Sea Training College, this also replacing the TS Vindicatrix at Sharpness.
Due to the increased use of container ships and cheaper crews from overseas, the college closed in 1996, the building taken over by the Metropolitan Police for firearms, anti-terrorism, and riot control training.

The Sea School at Gravesend.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIqQtLJs2Q8

The Largest Sea School. Opening the National Sea Training College in 1967.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78llZcvgrDo

Photos Imperial War Museums.http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/search?query=HMS+Gordon+Gravesend&items_per_page=50. Click on link for more photos.

At the Merchant Navy training establishment HMS Gordon. June 1941, HMS Gordon, Gravesend. These men signed on for service with the Royal Navy and were asked to volunteer for the merchant service.

A 4472. The Instructor explaining parts of a merchant ship by means of a model to his class.
A 4436. Instruction on how to deal with fires in ship's hold/
A 4441. Life boat drill, lowering the life boat.
A 4470. A draft leaving to join their ships, carrying their gear from the depot.

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