Hello and welcome to the web site dedicated
to the British Merchant Navy Cadet Training Ships that operated
during the period from the end of the Second World War up to
the 1970s. This period, often referred to as the golden age of
British shipping, saw an unprecedented number of young men undergoing
training to meet what appeared to be an ever increasing demand
for Deck and Engineer Officers.
Whilst many British shipping companies carried
a small number of apprentices on some of their ships only a few
operated cadet training ships in which apprentices replaced the
normal deck crew and were the subject of a formal training regime
as dictated by company policy.
The purpose of this site is to:
• Describe these cadet training ships and the companies
that operated them;
• Provide an insight into the training
that the cadets received; and
• Enable the cadets and those
who trained, managed and worked with them to record and exchange
anecdotes of this period in their lives.
Additionally, this web site provides a historical overview of:
• British Sea Schools; and
• National Training Policy.