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    HMS "Ganges" is towed into Devonport to be broken up, Plymouth, Devon.

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    Devonport, Plymouth, Devon.

    Full titles read: "HMS 'GANGES' - one of last of the "Wooden Walls of England" - leaves to make her end in the shipbreaker's yard."

    M/S & L/S of the large old galleon style ship being towed into the docks. It looks as though someone has built a bungalow on the deck ! (it looks a bit like Noah's Ark !).

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:28:22:00 / 01:28:56:00
    G 1652

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  1. Manxman593 says

    In the description above it says that it looks like someone has built a bungalow on the deck and it looks a bit like Noah’s Ark. It had been converted into a training ship for young boys joining the Royal Navy.

    This the fourth HMS Ganges was built in Bombay and was launched in 1821 and originally carried a crew of 700 men and 84 guns, in 1865 she was fitted out as a training ship for boys. In 1866 she moved to Mylor in Cornwall for 33 years. In 1899 she arrived in Harwich with 500 boys under training onboard. Building of the Royal Navy Training Establishment at Shotley, just across the river from Harwich, commenced shortly after and was opened in 1905 when all the trainees came ashore to the ‘Stone Frigate’.
    Training for boys joining the Royal Navy continued here until 1976 when the school leaving age was raised to 16.

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