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IN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE The First SRCC Royalist Charter!
www.squareriggerclub.org.uk Spring 2016 Newsletter
ON PAGE 3 Commodore’s Welcome 2016
ON PAGE 6-8 “Yardsmen Aloft” Climbing the Royalist Rigging
ON PAGE 9-11 The Cruise that almost was...
SQUARE RIGGER CLUB CHARITY The Committee President Commodore Roger Parker RN
In this issue 3
Fifty Years of Sea Cadet Offshore Sailing
The cruise that almost was!
Hugh Illingworth firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Commodore John MacDonald email@example.com
Immediate Past Commodore Hon. Secretary
Becoming a Watch Officer on TS Royalist
Miles Banister firstname.lastname@example.org
Dress for the occasion in Square Rigger Club Charity Regalia
Ships of the Royal Navy bearing the name ‘Royalist’
John MacDonald email@example.com
SRCC AGM 2016
2016 SRCC Royalist Charters
Sam Smith Tel: 07708 038971 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon Treasurers Annual Report
Bursary Secretary Report
Bursary Secretary Richard Weston email@example.com
Membership Secretary Marina Harden firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter Editor James Thompson email@example.com
Included in Loose Leaf: Charter Application Form Square Rigger Club Window Sticker
Committee Members Nick Holligan Andy Krasun Dr Phil Wadey
Ex Officio Cdr (SCC) Andy Giles RNR Deputy Offshore Commander Marine Society and Sea Cadets
Editorial Assistance Hugh Illingworth Miles Banister
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Commodore’s Welcome Dear Square Riggers A warm welcome to our latest Newsletter and a big thank you for supporting us so well during the last year. As I reflect on what the Square Rigger Club Charity has been doing over the past year in its support for the Sea Cadets and in particular TS Royalist, there is satisfaction that we have successfully come through a period of change. Last year saw the introduction of the new TS Royalist and sad as we were to say farewell to the previous ship, our support has seamlessly been transferred to the new ship. The highlight of our SRCC year was intended to be an initial charter in the new ship from Brixham. Rather frustratingly this was curtailed through generator problems but the crew made best enjoyable use of the time with onboard training, an afternoon out on a Brixham Trawler and a memorable pirate party! Looking ahead, the SRCC continues to raise money for its good cause, there will be two charters during the year; additionally, our committee has been strengthened with new members and we are in the process of streamlining our administration system of which you may now be aware.
Our support has seamlessly been transferred to the new ship. Aside from charters and the Newsletter, we have been thinking about how we can reward our members for their loyalty and as a small token of appreciation, we enclose a Square Rigger Club car window sticker, which we hope you will proudly display! Where does time go? This will be my final Report as the current Commodore after my three years stint and I thank you for your support and hope you will have a good year and enjoy the activities of our chosen Charity! My best wishes to you all.
Hugh Illingworth Commodore Square Rigger Club Charity
Many thanks to all those involved in contributing articles to the SRCC Newsletter and especially to Miles Banister, Hon Sec. and James Thompson, Editor, for pulling it all together. Also grateful thanks to Photolink Creative, Manchester for printing and distribution. SQUARE RIGGER CLUB CHARITY - SPRING 2016 3
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Fifty Years of Sea Cadet Offshore Sailing by Frank Scott FNI.
This summer sees the fiftieth anniversary of the start of Sea Cadet Sail Training. In 1966 Morin Scott was the sailing instructor for the Tunbridge Wells Unit, TS Brilliant, and was surprised to find out that the Sea Cadet Corps had no plans for an entry in the 1966 Tall Ships’ Race. Irritated by this lack of initiative he borrowed the little brigantine Centurion (60 foot on deck) from a fellow Royal Cruising Club member, and organised the trip.
In all some 2,000 miles were sailed – and I do mean sailed because we did not use the small engine except for harbour manoeuvring. We drove Centurion as hard as we could, and her low freeboard made her very wet in heavy weather, but we cadets hot-bunked due to lack of space, so at least the sodden bedding was warm.
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We had two work-up week-ends in the Solent, during which we largely re-rigged her. Then we joined Centurion in Hamble Marina for formal commissioning as a temporary Sea Cadet Training Ship, had a shakedown passage to Falmouth, before racing from Falmouth to the Skaw, where we won our class, beating amongst others the very well regarded Swedish Navy schooners, Falken & Gladan, and the then brand-new STA Schooner, Sir Winston Churchill. We then sailed down to Copenhagen (via Gilleleje) for the grand prize giving. After that we had the long haul back to the Hamble, via Dover.
This experience of the value of sail training for young people was a revelation for my Father. In short order thereafter he decided that the SCC needed their own vessel, which should be a brig, got his friend Colin Mudie to produce the designs for TS Royalist, and cajoled the SCC HQ into accepting the idea. Most of the fourteen Cadets went into some form of service: 2 RN; 4 MN; 1 RM; 2 Army; 2 Police. Another was involved in Sea Cadet sail training for the next 25 years, and two later commanded their own Sea Cadet Units. However, our most distinguished member was the navigator, then a Chief Officer with BP Tankers, who ended up as Captain Sir Malcolm Edge, KCVO, Deputy Master of Trinity House.
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“Yardsmen Aloft” by Tom Wareham
The words, which I had been both longing for and terrified of hearing, came at last in a great bellow from the Sailing Master at the back of the ship. I took a deep breath and leapt for the ratlines and what was to become one of the most petrifying and thrilling experiences of my life. Seconds later I was climbing the violently shaking rope ladder that led up to the swaying mast platform of a real square rigger under sail. Now you may well wonder how I found myself in that position – and indeed, that was the very question that I asked myself as the vertigo took over and my knuckles turned white on the ropes level with my face. And this, slightly enlarged, is the answer. You may have had this experience, you may not. It may all depend on whether you ever read a Hornblower novel, or a Captain Aubrey tale, or any of those nautical sagas that launched us into action packed adventure on the storm-torn seas of the Napoleonic Wars. I have to confess, with a slight blush, that I read all of Patrick O’Brian’s novels, and then read them again before turning to Hornblower, or the more recent Sean Thomas Russell books. Armchair seafaring is great fun. I loved it, but the more that I read the books the more uneasy I became. What was it really like to be at sea in a square rigged sailing ship? What was it like to be one of the men who climbed aloft in the heavy storms to take in the heavy canvas sails which tore at their finger nails and beat into their faces harder than the fists of any alehouse bruiser? As I closed each finished book, the longing to know more grew and grew; as did the sense of unease. Could I come to terms with the fact that I, the supposed descendant of a maritime and island race, could never do what they did? Ah, vanity is a terrible thing. It was this desire to know more – plus a 6 SQUARE RIGGER CLUB CHARITY - SPRING 2016
very unsatisfactory career - that eventually provoked me into studying for a doctorate in naval history. This, and encouragement from one of our greatest naval historians, charted a course of study into the frigate commanders of Nelson’s navy, the glamour boys of their day, the Napoleonic equivalent of the fighter pilot. And so, with a hefty notebook and good reading glasses, I set off for the Admiralty Records in the National Archive at Kew, and began what turned out to be a ten year study of the men who commanded the frigates of the period. By the end of that time, the notebook had turned into two computers and the glasses had got a tad stronger! But I had a book with the publishers and an intimate knowledge of the naval officers themselves. But there was still something missing. I still didn’t know what it was those men experienced – those men who clambered aloft. I knew more about them and, in fact, my respect for them had grown. On a Napoleonic warship, there were different classes of men. But among the hands, the able seamen were the most highly prized by their officers – and among this group, the ‘topmen’ or yardsmen, were special. Fitter and braver, these were the men who made a sailing ship work. These were the men who could save her in a storm; these were the men who clambered aloft under fire to repair shot-torn rigging or jury-rig broken spars. And in a frigate, they really were an elite. Fortunately, much of the old mythology about Nelson’s navy has now been dispelled by rigorous research. We know, for example, that the infamous Press Gangs weren’t actually interested in knock-kneed tailors or rickety landsmen. They were hunting for the skilled seamen, the able hands and yardsmen; men who knew their worth and who could often pick and choose which ships to join or which officers to serve under. Such men flocked to join Edward Pellew, for example, one of the navy’s finest frigate commanders. The word soon got round that the bold and enterprising Pellew would hunt down French prizes and fill his crew’s purses
SQUARE RIGGER CLUB CHARITY ratlines with a healthy confidence that made me quite proud of myself. At the platform, though, I hit a snag. The platform extended out over the top of the narrowing ratlines. Gaining access meant climbing an additional ten feet at an inverted angle – hanging out backwards while struggling to pull my weight up over the edge of the platform itself. I began the task and as I did, the round, beaming face of the sailing master appeared above me. “Steady on, lad!” he grinned, (I was over forty at the time). “Take your time, there’s a knack to this”.
with much welcomed prize money. After such cruises the seamen would be allowed on shore to release pent-up energy and fling their money without caution. As observer James Silk Buckingham noted: The seamen would sometimes hire three or four coaches to remain on the stand, and in groups of three or four on the roofs of each, dance hornpipes and reels to a violin player seated on the box; and when the dance was over, drive a furious race against each other for ten or twenty guineas a side, till the horses became exhausted. Young midshipman Abraham Crawford recalled on joining a new frigate that the men who came from the frigate service were the smartest and the proudest of the mixed crowd that assembled to hear their new Captain read his commission. They held themselves aloof from the rest, and dressed more ostentatiously in ribbons and silver buckles. And although Crawford also maintained they were less profane it is probably safer to assume they were more select about the occasion! These were the men who swaggered ashore to the alehouses and the bagnios of Portsmouth, Plymouth, Falmouth and Chatham. But what was it that made them so self confident, so full of self-respect? They were physically tough, there was no doubt about that.
me in the way of discovery. The museum had organised a weekend trip in the small squarerigged brig Royalist. The little two-master had been designed to teach sea cadets how to handle sails and rigging, and during the school exam period, she was often available for special charter. The Museum had arranged one of these and, upon payment of a reasonable sum, I joined them. With a mixture of trepidation and excitement I joined the ship in the Albert Dock at Liverpool on a blisteringly hot Friday evening. The crew of thirty consisted of half a dozen professionals, the captain, engineer, sailing master etc. - and twenty-four hands, of it must be said, mixed ability. Standing on deck for the first time I gazed about me with bewilderment. Even for a two masted brig, the number of ropes coiled neatly onto belaying pins, or running through complicated networks of blocks, was just overwhelming. Yet, within the next two days I was hoping to understand what they were and what they did. It seemed an impossible task. And then, rocking slightly from heel to toe as the deck heaved gently, I looked up. Royalist is a tall ship, but not very tall. Her topgallant yards are probably only as high as the main yard of HMS Victory. But these things are proportionate – and the highest yard looked a long way up to me.
And so there was. It involved sticking your posterior out into space and allowing your legs to do all the work. Feeling even prouder of myself I clambered up onto the platform and stood, puffing and shaking, to gaze down at the revellers on the quayside below. Suddenly I felt taller, and my grin probably said it all, despite the fingers clamped firmly to the nearest reassuring bit of rigging. By the time I had reached the deck again I felt so elated that when, a few hours later we all strolled to a nearby pub, I fell into a proper, seamanlike swagger. But, as the saying goes, pride comes before a fall. Shortly after dawn the next morning we
so, when the Sailing Master called for hands to go aloft to cast off the sails, I bounded into the ratlines like a cat possessed. Archaeological excavations of naval cemeteries quickly reveals the graves of the able seamen, by the indications of well developed upper body strength, as well as the occasional injury. But there was more to it than this. Something subtle, yet powerful. And I wanted to know what that was. It was the chance discovery of a notice in a National Maritime Museum leaflet that pointed
I didn’t have long to think about it. The sailing master was keen to assess who had the ability to work aloft and so began the now familiar ritual of the ‘up and over’. That is, climbing up one side of the mast, crossing the platform, and descending to the deck by the opposite rope ladder or ‘ratlines’. Now, I have never been too bad with ladders though I hated heights. But I clambered up the shaking
slipped through the dock gates and headed out into the Mersey. The wind was light, and the ship began to lift and roll. Fortunately I haven’t suffered that bane of sailors, the dreaded seasickness and so, when the Sailing Master called for hands to go aloft to cast off the sails, I bounded into the ratlines like a cat possessed. Predictably, the Sailing Master himself was quicker. He led the way up onto the platform and then with a reassuring nod,
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he clipped his safety harness onto the running stay at the back of the yard, and stepped sideways, placing his feet on the thin lines suspended under the yards themselves. Without a pause he shimmied out over the sparkling waves a long, long way below until he was some fifteen or twenty feet away, at the far end of the yard, seemingly suspended in space. I turned, put one foot out onto the footrope, and put one hand out onto the yard. As I shifted my balance, the footrope swayed away from me, threatening to topple me backwards. The harness pulled me back, but I was seriously shaken. I tried again, one foot on the platform, the other on the footline. I edged sideways. My foot shot forwards, my posterior shot back. My heart shot into my mouth. I looked down. A dozen faces were looking up at me expressionlessly. At the end of the yard, the Sailing Master was serving me a quizzical expression. His voice shouted helpful advice over the buffeting of the wind. I tried again. Hand outstretched onto the yard, leg out, foot on the rope. And the same thing happened. Frustration rose within me, and tears of rage threatened to expose me. I knew I couldn’t do it. Couldn’t slide out onto that yard. In utter misery I crept slowly back down to the deck and stood shaking, feeling as though I wanted to slip forever between the planking and not be seen again. My misery deepened as others I thought less able, scrambled up and slid out onto the yard, laughing and calling to each other with a heroic jocularity that tore at my heart. I was a failure. And that night as we lay at anchor, I rolled sleeplessly in my bunk, damning myself. Bitterly lamenting the fact that I had travelled all that way for a unique experience which I might never come my way again. I tried to sleep, but I woke moments later in a sweat, as panic and misery overwhelmed me. But there was friendly help at hand. As I sat at the mess table the next morning, too ashamed to meet anyone’s gaze, my neighbour nudged me with his elbow. “You’ve got another chance, you know” he murmured. I glanced sideways and he nodded with a smile. “They’ll want us aloft again after breakfast. You’ve come all this way for this. Do you really want to miss the chance? To go home again without having made it out onto the yard?”
drawing in lungfulls of cool air. We clipped on. He nodded, smiled and slid out onto the yard. I stretched out a foot, found the footrope, grasped the top of the yard and threw my torso over the yard itself. All of a sudden I was looking down at a dozen, interested faces. I pushed sideways, and my other foot found its place on the foot rope. I pushed again and suddenly I was floating, balanced high above the deck with my legs stretched out behind, feet hooked onto the footrope, my tummy pressed down onto the firmness of the yard itself. I looked back at the platform and realised I was eight or nine feet from it. I turned the other way and my friend was grinning. He lifted both hands and gave me a double thumbs up. And then we both began to laugh. We untied the gaskets holding the sail on the yard, and cast it off. And then we hung there relaxing, balanced high over the sea, seeing the world as those Napoleonic seamen had seen it. And suddenly I knew what it was that made those men so special. They had, each and everyone of them, conquered their fear and they had conquered it together.
About the Author Tom Wareham has been an active member of the SRCC since the mid1990s. Unknown to many of his shipmates, he is also a naval historian and writer and over the years some of his books have picked up very enthusiastic reviews. In 2004 he published Frigate Commander – a book based on the private journals of Captain Graham Moore, one of the navy’s star frigate commanders during the Napoleonic Wars. Tom discovered Moore’s private journal in the University of Cambridge Library, and worked on it for several years to create an exciting and deeply revealing narrative about life at sea in Nelson’s Navy. More recently he self-published a follow-up volume – Frigate Commander – The Supplement – which provides more details about the service life and times of Graham Moore. And if you like a good historical mystery, he has now published his first novel – The Wapping Conspiracy – under the pen-name of Richard Thomas. The Wapping Conspiracy follows the activities of seedy used-book dealer, Joycey Becket, who purchases a strange 17th century letter, and becomes emboiled in murder and violence in the East End of London and the mysterious key to the long lost treasure of a real pirate. Since he is a historian, Tom spent years researching this story and the novel makes use of genuine 17th century papers in the British Library. Enthusiastic readers have described the book as ‘unputdownable’ and ‘fantastic’.
And he was right, of course, I didn’t. I finished my tea and climbed onto the deck. We were somewhere off the mouth of the Mersey in a bright, crystal clear morning. There was a fresh smelling breeze that cleared the head and made tired eyes tingle. And around the masts, gulls wheeled on silent wings. I tried not to look up. Tried not to think. But already my stomach was boiling, and I felt sick. And then it came. The voice of the Sailing Master. ‘Yardsmen aloft!’ My breakfast companion leapt for the ratlines and turned to look at me. With out breathing I too leapt up onto the gunwhale and clambered up the shaking ladder. My heart was thudding so loud I thought my head would split. But I gritted my teeth and fought the panic that grew as I rose above the deck. We reached the platform and stood there, panting, All of Toms books are available to buy on Amazon.co.uk 8 SQUARE RIGGER CLUB CHARITY - SPRING 2016
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The cruise that almost was! Delivered On Time and On Budget, Square Riggers aboard TS Royalist for our first charter in September 2015 by Miles Banister “Budma!” and then everybody else repeats that word several times before emptying their glasses. On Sunday we were roused by a 07:00 wakey-wakey and after breakfast we mustered on the foredeck for “Up & Overs”. A notable participant in this activity was Charles, who at the age of 82 must surely be our oldest yardsman. One difference from the old ship that many people noticed was the absence of horizontal bars at the top of the ratlines just below the platform. Charley explained that although these were intentionally superseded by “C” shaped handles, new horizontal bars had recently arrived and she intended to fit them during the week. Our Coxswain for the week was Andy Giles who was taking a break from his usual duties as the Deputy Offshore Commander for the Marine Society and Sea Cadets. Andy gave us a comprehensive tour of the whole ship during which we marvelled at the extremely up-to-date navigational equipment, the almost luxurious wardroom and staff cabins, and the compact and well filled engine room.
The new TS Royalist was built on time and budget. However, due to a number of defects to be resolved it was decided that she would be based in Gosport this year and cruise only on the South Coast. That decision meant the first SRCC charter aboard the new ship could not be a voyage from Milford Haven to Bristol as planned. Instead it would be from Brixham to Dartmouth by way of other ports in the South West. Saturday 12th September was a fine sunny day when twenty excited crew gathered in Brixham eager to experience life aboard the new TS Royalist. A new shipmate this year was a Ukrainian who had been at Canary Wharf on business when TS Royalist was commissioned, and he was so impressed that he decided to sign up as soon as he could.
After an excellent cold salad lunch prepared and served from the cockpit by Andy, we exercised at Bracing Stations then practiced setting and handing the fore topsail. We carried out the sail setting in two groups which gave everyone the chance not only to take part, but also to observe the procedure from a vantage point on the pontoon and get a thorough appreciation of the steps involved.
Andy gave us a comprehensive tour of the whole ship during which we marvelled at the extremely up-todate navigational equipment, the almost luxurious wardroom and staff cabins
Our first impressions were of the spacious and modern mess deck with real bunks! Each one has its own light, two power sockets and a personal locker. In addition there is also storage inside the mess deck benches and under the bottom bunks. There are four full sized heads with showers. The galley and pantry are very modern, well laid out and easy to clean. In fact, the only thing missing was our cook who had reported sick! That afternoon found the crew being given a talk about safety by Bosun Charley, instructions about life jackets by Watch Officer Ian, and an explanation of fire procedures by Watch Officer Robin. We were also issued with our station cards by Sailing Master John. The absence of a cook meant that we dined ashore that evening at The Prince William pub. The evening, organised by our Charter Secretary Sam, was a great ice-breaker during which Tima introduced his shipmates to the word “Budma!” which is Ukrainian for “Cheers!”. An approximate translation into English is “Shall we live forever!”. One person says SQUARE RIGGER CLUB CHARITY - SPRING 2016 9
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We were expecting some heavy weather during the coming night and so our yardsmen went aloft to make a harbour stow of the fore topsail just as the rain began. Despite the rain we completed the stow and had the satisfaction of seeing that it seemed to be the most neatly stowed sail of all. At this point our new Cook (Moggie) arrived to rousing cheers, and were soon tucking into an excellent and substantial dinner of Pasta Bolognese before another trip to The Prince William. It was during this evening that gremlins began to appear! The ship has two generators and a modern integrated electronic control and alarm system. During the evening there were several alarms and unexpected generator stoppages. Our Chief Engineer (Alan) found that the port generator could not be started at all, and the starboard generator frequently tripped for no obvious reason. On Monday we tucked into a full English breakfast and while Alan got his hands dirty in the engine room we settled into a series of instructional talks. Charley used a model mast and rig to explain the parts of the sail and sail setting and John used a beautifully made model of TS Royalist to explain about the procedures involved in tacking and wareing. After lunch Robin covered chart work and passage planning and Charley demonstrated how to obtain weather forecasts while Eric Greenough demonstrated his rope work skills.
week. Our crew were understandably very disappointed, but agreed that Angie had made the correct decision. We cheered ourselves up by drawing the raffle for a half sized replica of TS Royalist’s magnificent bell rope. Both the real bell rope and its half size copy were made by Eric and Martin was declared its winner. Eric also generously donated a lanyard which was won by David. Moored alongside our pontoon were two Brixham sailing trawlers. The BM76 Vigilance built in 1926 and the BM45 Pilgrim which is the oldest existing Brixham built and rigged sailing trawler having been built in 1895. Our enterprising shipmate Mike approached the skipper of Vigilance and quickly arranged for all of us to board both vessels for a three hour sail in Torbay bay. Our crew was pleased to get to sea, even if it wasn’t in our ship, and eagerly assisted the trawler crews with running out the bowsprit, hoisting the gaff, steering the ship, and consuming a lot of tea and biscuits without needing any duty mess men. During our sail the truly piratical nature of our Ukrainian shipmate Tima emerged as he unsuccessfully attempted to encourage the Vigilance’s skipper to attack the Pilgrim. Tima’s disappointment was evident when he was heard to utter despondently “Haven’t you got even a small cannon?”.
After another of Moggie’s superb dinners the entertainment talents of our crew began to emerge. Hugh played his Pocket Trumpet which is a compact instrument that has tubing wound more tightly than a standard trumpet in order to reduce its size while retaining its range. Will treated us to some fine renditions of traditional sea shanties and songs and others chipped in with jokes and anecdotes. After all the hilarity another trip to The Prince William seemed appropriate! Tuesday dawned and we carried out more “Up & Overs” on the main mast. This time we went to the topgallant platform and while we were doing that Eric gave a startling and effective real life demonstration of how the safety harness work. Unfortunately, Alan had so far been unable to resolve the generator problems and was waiting for a visit from a specialist electrician designated by the ship builder. Our Captain (Angie) explained that the forecast was for some very severe weather and that combined with the unresolved generator problems meant that we would not be going to sea at all during our
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The afternoon jollity continued into a Pirate Night. Sam produced a huge selection of piratical accessories including eye patches, cutlasses and even wigs and before long everyone was suitably attired. Earlier in the day Will had selflessly undertaken to investigate all the local pubs and following his recommendation we descended
SQUARE RIGGER CLUB CHARITY generously provided by our shipmate Cathy who lives in Torbay. Seeing that the sea boat was about to be exercised, the last two leavers suggested to Ian that it would be a great idea to exercise it by taking them and their kit across the bay to Paignton. Surprisingly both he and the Sailing Master agreed and so with the Captain’s blessing, subject to not calling out the RNLI lifeboat, that is what happened. For Marina and Miles it made an unexpectedly pleasant end to the charter. During the trip we encountered the yacht Vigilant and made a close pass to exchange greetings with our new friends.
on The Crown & Anchor. Julia the landlady made us very welcome and dispensed endless pints of Devon Dumpling and The Crown & Anchor’s own beer. The Brixham natives seemed unimpressed by our frightening appearance, and when we declared ourselves to be a bunch of fierce Ukrainian pirates they correctly dismissed us just as the crew of TS Royalist !
In summary, there was disappointment that we didn’t go to sea, but with such good company and so many interesting activities everyone enjoyed their time aboard.
As Wednesday dawned there were a few sore heads, and not everyone wanted another of Moggie’s wonderful cooked breakfasts. During the morning the staff made good use of an opportunity to practise the Man Aloft Recovery routine while we watched from the safety of the deck. The exercise dummy “Ruth” made repeated visits to the fore topsail yard and was no doubt pleased when finally stood down. Sadly, faced with no prospect of sailing during our week, half the crew were busy packing their kit and had departed by lunch time. In the afternoon we received a visit from the crew of the TS Vigilant, a Tradewind 35 operated by the Sea Cadets. The crew comprised 2 staff and 5 cadets (4 from Leith and 1 from Kettering). They were on passage from Plymouth to Paignton and had put into Brixham in expectation of foul weather. They were very impressed by TS Royalist and the cadets all expressed their desire to sail in her. We knew how they felt! Some of us made a return visit to TS Vigilant and we in turn were impressed not only by their vessel, but also by their skills and attitude. By now the weather had deteriorated and we settled down to pass a cold wet afternoon being taught by Mike to play poker dice cricket!
had left us we had more visitors, this time from the Royal Navy yacht Pegasus. They were also sheltering from the weather and having seen TS Royalist at the pontoon came aboard to ask for a look around. As the evening wore on, Mike got out his poker dice once again and introduced us to the innocently evil game known as Liar Dice. On Thursday, after another cooked breakfast, most of the rest of the crew made an early departure. Four stayed aboard for the final day during which they enjoyed an afternoon tour of the area
They were very impressed
by TS Royalist and the cadets all expressed their desire to sail in her. We knew how they felt!
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Becoming a Watch Officer onboard TS Royalist... I first sailed on TS Royalist aged just 14 (an all female cadet voyage as was it was back then!) and while I continued with my love of tall ship sailing I wasn’t to return to sail Royalist until 30 years later on board a Square Rigger charter. After that second voyage I was asked if I would consider joining the afterguard as a relief watch officer to which I couldn’t really say no!
The new TS Royalist launched in 2015 and I joined her at Fort Blockhouse, Gosport in early July for five days of relief crew training. On board were members of the permanent crew, and other relief crew members of differing ranks and experience. The purpose of the week was to familiarise ourselves with the new ship, learn our function specifics and demonstrate our abilities in our respective roles. A thorough training plan had been put together providing plenty of theoretical and most importantly practical experience of working on board the ship. The only part that was missing was cadets and unfortunately; the opportunity to go to sea! (The rigging was yet to be fully signed off ). All those that have sailed on Royalist will recall the initial joining process and detailed safety briefings, ranging from fire safety to man overboard procedures. This process was, as to be expected, even more detailed for the relief training involving both reading and the demonstration of practical application. From the tip of the bowsprit to the stern of the sea boat; from
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gaps below the engine room to the top of the tallest mast we studied bilge pumps, alarm systems, evacuation routes, rescues aloft, emergency steering, fire fighting, communications; and the list goes on.... In true Royalist style we also cleaned ship, carried out mess duties and ate very well (thanks Moggy!) It was by no means an easy week, but was a fantastic way to get fully familiarised with the new vessel, learn new skills and also get to know fellow relief and permanent crew better. In addition to training I managed to get to see the amazing Mexican tall ship Cuauhtemoc, including a behind the scenes visit while she was alongside in the dockyard and also watched making her very dramatic departure out of Portsmouth Harbour from the Solent side of Fort Blockhouse. It resulted in a telling off by the security staff on the base but was well worth it! The final element of relief crew training was to demonstrate my ability to work with the cadets. In late October I joined the ship once again at Fort Blockhouse. This time I was quickly followed on board by cadets from across the country complete with parents in varying degrees of happiness or concern. I found myself quickly thrown into showing some of the parents around the ship, therefore allowing me to re-familiarise rapidly and also hear some concerns and expectations for the respective young people as they handed them over for their weeks voyage.
As trainee relief crew I had the privilege of a berth with my awesome mentor, Watch Officer ‘Charlie’ Bainbridge just down the passageway from the galley. I cannot speak highly enough of the support provided by Charlie, her knowledge of TS Royalist and of working with cadets was invaluable. Her explanations and demonstrations were excellent and set the bar high as an example to follow as relief Watch Officer. That said, the support of the
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other permanent and relief crew members was invaluable too; whether it was the Sailing Master supporting me to shout commands from the bridge to set the main staysail, Engines patiently explaining the workings of the of the bilge pump system or the Coxswain providing tips on how to ensure 24 teenage cadets appropriately clean the space they are living in! I supported the mentoring of cadets (in particular those in the after watches), assisting with their learning as they worked towards the respective qualifications to be achieved. This involved all sorts of different elements from supporting cadets with rope work and working aloft, guiding them through the tying of their new cap tallies to demonstrating how to wash up efficiently! There was a real mixture of backgrounds, knowledge, experience and ability. Each cadet had a story to tell about why they were on Royalist whether it be to do something that pushed them out of their comfort zone, to achieve or work toward a qualification or to help on their planned career pathway. It was a privilege to see them develop throughout the week. They too were supportive of my role on board, respecting that I was an adult but also that I was learning too. The week was not without incident; an issue with the black water tanks meant use of the facilities on board was limited and resulted in a full, smelly pump out half way through the week. However we still managed to sail over to Cowes , on to Poole (taking in views of former footballers palatial Sandbanks residences on the way), back to Cowes and then to Gunwharf Quays before returning to Gosport and a day sail in a gusty, grey Solent with a number of VIP’s on board. Being a member of the relief crew on Royalist is not easy but it is hugely rewarding both in terms of personal development and in being able to contribute to the experience and development of the cadets. As a member of the Square Rigger Club Charity it also provides an opportunity to see where our money goes as well as being able to promote what we do, and what we have done. To end, I’m pleased to advise that I have been successfully signed off as a relief Watch Officer and look forward to joining the ship later this year.
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Ships of the Royal Navy bearing the name ‘ROYALIST’ A continuation of the previous SRCC Newsletter article... by Ian Wollen. The last issue of the SRCC Newsletter contains a report of ten former Royal Navy ships and the following article adds some interesting notes. It appears that there were two privately owned vessels bearing the name Royalist. In addition to HMS Royalist, a schooner 14 guns x 6 pounders, purchased by the navy in 1797, an armed hired lugger “Royalist” served the Royal Navy from 1798 to 1800 and was equipped with eight guns. Royalist apparently served at Jersey with Aristocrat and Daphne in a small squadron under the command of Commodore Philippe d’Auvergne in Bravo. Her commander, as of 1 January 1799, was Lieutenant Jackson Dowsing. He had earlier served on the same station and in the same role on Repulse. The second ‘private’ vessel was named Royalist was a 142ton topsail schooner, comparable with HMS Pickle, which had brought the news of the Battle of Trafalgar home.
first visit in 1839 until he became the first White Rajah of Sarawak in 1841. This Royalist was last heard of in Brunei in September 1843, and is said to have been sold early in 1844. In modern Sarawak, there are several references to this well-known ship, such as The “Royalist” Pub in Kuching. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the Royal Navy made use of a considerable number of hired armed vessels. These were generally smaller vessels, often cutters and luggers, that the Navy used for duties ranging from carrying dispatches and passengers to convoy escort, particularly in British coastal waters, and reconnaissance. The Navy Board usually hired the vessel complete with master and crew rather than bareboat. Contracts were for a specified time or on an open-ended monthly hire basis. During periods of peace, such as the period between the Treaty of Amiens and the commencement of the Napoleonic Wars, the Admiralty returned the vessels to their owners, only to re-hire many on the outbreak of war. The Admiralty provided a regular naval officer, usually a lieutenant for the small vessels, to be the commander. The civilian master then served as the sailing master. For purposes of prize money or salvage, hired armed vessels received the same treatment as naval vessels.
Above Replica of HMS Pickle built in 1995
She was probably built in Cowes in 1834 as a gentleman’s yacht for Rev T.L. Lane, but purchased by James Brooke in 1836 with money he had inherited from his father. He intended to use it for an expedition to the East Indies in the course of a circumnavigation of the globe, in preparation for which he cruised in the Mediterranean in 1837. As a vessel of the Royal Yacht Squadron, it was permitted to fly the White Ensign and be accorded the same rights as ships of the Royal Navy. When armed, with 6 six-pounders, a number of swivels, and small arms in abundance, Royalist was effectively a private warship. Royalist played an instrumental role in establishing Brooke’s foothold in Sarawak, from his
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However, Admiral John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent, wrote that throughout his life he “discouraged any friend of mine from serving in a cutter or hired armed vessel.” Admiral Jervis went on to state that he felt that a good officer would be wasting his time in such vessels, while a bad officer should not be allowed to serve in them. Cutters and hired armed vessels generally did not receive the sort of opportunities that would allow a good officer to shine, or give him visibility to senior officers, while giving bad officers too much independence. The most suitable officers were good sailors with a common education. However, some officers that served in hired armed vessels went on to have distinguished subsequent naval careers. A case in point was Thomas Ussher, who went from the hired armed brig “Colpoys” to become an Admiral. Acknowledgements Wikipedia Additional research and editing - Ian Wollen
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The Square Rigger Club Charity invites you to attend the
on Saturday 24th September 2016 Come and join us for our annual meeting to be held at the Ferry Restaurant in Bursledon, Hampshire. Times are provisional but we hope members will enjoy visiting Bursledon and the historic Elephant Boatyard of Howard's Way fame. Our provisional arrangement is for members to arrive at the Ferry Restaurant (the former Woolston ferry) for a buffet lunch from midday to be followed by the AGM commencing at 1.30pm. After light refreshments, the Morin Scott Lecture will take place and the event should finish by approximately 4.15pm. Whilst there is no charge for attendance at the AGM, the fee for the buffet luncheon will be £15.00 per head. Please make a note in your diary, a formal notice of the AGM will be mailed out closer to the time.
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YOU ARE INVITED! SQUARE RIGGER CLUB CHARITY CHARTERS 2016 Following in the tradition of the original TS Royalist, the new ship was commissioned in May 2015 and is now in full service with the Sea Cadets. The Square Rigger Club Charity is proudly associated with the ship and the Sea Cadets and generously provides bursaries and items of equipment from time to time. In return, there is an opportunity of taking part in at least two adult charters each year organised by the Square Rigger Club Charity, which are greatly enjoyed by Club members and like minded people, who want to enjoy the experience of sailing in a traditional square rigger. The Square Rigger Club Charity has conducted many charters through the years and the first 2016 charter of the new ship will take place in May. These charters are always convivial, fun and dare we say, instructional and can be taken at any level of seriousness according to each individual's choice. The voyages offer hands on participation in every aspect of the ship's life, be it steering the ship, setting sail, standing watch or helping feed the hungry crew as well as providing an opportunity to experience the vessel and determine if you would like to train as a member of the Afterguard (subject to suitable qualifications) in order to join the relief staff cadre to assist on TS Royalist cadet voyages. The charter's profit goes directly towards TS Royalist, providing bursaries for Sea Cadets and essential extras for the Ship. There are two charters during 2016. The first is in May and will start and finish at the home port of Gosport. During the weekend the ship will sail extensively in the Solent and if weather and time permits may sail to Poole or Weymouth. The great advantage of sailing in the Solent is that the ship will most likely be able to sail in the sheltered waters whatever ever the weather wishes to do! Following that there is a more adventurous charter in September starting from Bristol and covering the leg of TS Royalist's annual schedule to finish at Falmouth. Solent charter from Gosport to Gosport - Friday 13th - Mon, 16th May 2016 Those who wish to join this charter will need to travel to Fort Blockhouse, Gosport by their own arrangements on Friday 13th May to arrive at the ship no later than 1600 . The charter will finish back in Gosport on Monday, 16th May and participants will depart by 1600. There is secure parking near the ship at Fort Blockhouse but those that arrive by train would travel to Portsmouth Harbour and take the ferry across to Gosport with a walk or taxi ride to Fort Blockhouse. An all-in charter fee of £275 for members and £325 for non-members includes all meals and non-alcoholic drinks on board TS Royalist. Charter from Bristol to Falmouth - Saturday 10th - Friday, 16th September 2016 Those that take part in this charter will join the ship in Bristol Docks on Saturday 10th September, 2016 by 1500 and the ship will depart down the Bristol Channel on the tide, probably early on the Sunday morning. The passage to Falmouth is most likely to follow the coast and pause at Lundy Isle and take in ports such as Padstow and Penzance. There will be plenty of sailing and no doubt an opportunity for the celebrated Pirate Party en route! An all-in charter fee of £550 for members and £599 for non-members includes all meals and non-alcoholic drinks on board TS Royalist. General Information On occasion, when TS Royalist is in some interesting port or anchorage, some crew members may wish to eat ashore but there is always a meal available on board for those who may just want to have a drink ashore after eating on board or just stroll around the port. A full kit list will be sent out nearer the time of departure but wet weather gear and lifejackets are provided by TS Royalist. Final details will be advised not later than six weeks before the date of embarkation. We are pleased to offer a Group Discount whereby if a member of the SRCC brings along a friend(s) then the member rate would apply to that friend(s). A non member paying the non member rate may organise and bring additional friend (s) at the member rate. Interested by this wonderful sailing opportunity but not sure? What better way to support a very worthy cause by doing something spectacular for yourself! You may book on line through the web site, download a form or complete the attached form and return it by post. Do call or email the Charter Secretary, who will be pleased to talk you through any queries. We look forward to having you on board! Why not join the Square Rigger Club Charity? See information on joining within the web site. Membership will save you money on charters and provide other benefits including belonging to a group of like minded enthusiasts!
Joining the Charters - Easy! Do it on-line or return the form to the Charter Secretary by post
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Hon. Treasurers Report.
The club is in good shape as can been seen by the accounts above. There has not been much change since my last report in October at the AGM but the summary numbers are:
A warm welcome to all of our new members this year, thank you for your kind generosity and support.
Subscriptions £6,666 Net charter Profit £1,294 Bursaries £4,277 Current surplus £2,794 Money in the Bank £44,237
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For I have carried forward £7,144 in charter money deposits into next year’s accounts as per the charter secretary’s breakdown of costs. After paying £1,000 for the charter we have made a net profit of £1,294. I am in the process of finalising the gift aid for the year so this should add a further £2,000 to the bottom line.
Chris Bradley from Rugby
Gift Aid The charity is always trying to generate more funds and one method available through HM Revenue is Gift Aid.
Summary Numbers since last Accounts Subscriptions £ 6,101 Donations £ 3,270 Profit on Charters £ 3,889 New Vessel Fund £ 6,981 Tax Refund (Gift Aid ) £ 3,564 Bank Accounts £ 36,051 Membership Break-down Rear Commodores Life Rear Commodores Masters Mates Members Honorary Totals
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We currently have over 150 members who donate with Gift Aid and this generates some £1800 to £2000 per annum in tax claims. We will never achieve 100% of the Membership as some people are non-tax payers, but feel we could raise more through this method.
Remember, it does not cost you a penny. Even if you are not sure if you have signed in the past, you can still fill in the form and return it to our Hon. Treasurer at the address below.
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We can then check our database to ensure the charity is claiming the correct entitlement.
For further information you can look on the Government’s official website:www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/gift-aid
Added Revenue £140
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The introduction of the new ship in 2015 had an effect both on the income raised during the year and also the numbers of bursaries granted. Owing to there being only one charter for the SRCC, income from charters was reduced and there will be also a knock on effect through the single charter being curtailed and income from that charter being passed forward in to 2016. To some extent there will be a balancing of funds because owing to the delayed introduction of the new TS Royalist into full service there was less demand for bursaries. Richard Weston, Bursary Secretary reports that since the new ship did not embark cadets until summer 2015, some cadets had to transfer to other vessels to gain sea time and maintain their interest.
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Legacies & Bequests. The Square Rigger Club Charity (SRCC) has had the good fortune to benefit from the occasional generous legacy of former members and this has undoubtedly provided us with funds that have enabled us to significantly contribute to the new ship in addition to keeping our annual flow of bursaries going. It is a subject that we do not normally wish to think about but may we encourage you to think about adding a provision in to your Will when you next review it, however great or small, because you may be assured that it will be both useful to the charity and greatly appreciated by the cadets whom we support. Suggested wordings are available on request from the Honorary Secretary.
R. Weston Bursary Secretary
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Invites you to join, support and sail in TS Royalist, the flagship of the Sea Cadets! Sail TS Royalist in at least two charters each year - no previous experience required. Take part in an organisation that enjoys the fun of sailing in a square rigged sailing ship and support a good cause - all at the same time! Join kindred spirits, make good friends, enjoy learning to sail a square rigger in good company of both sexes. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter! All enthusiasts welcome from age 16 upwards. You will need to be fairly fit, have a sense of adventure and want to join with others in crewing an offshore sailing vessel - even if just to see what it is like - a "must do" lifetime experience! More experienced? Join and train to be a watch officer with the Sea Cadets.
Adult membership starts at just ÂŁ30 per year. The Square Rigger Club supports TS Royalist and the Sea Cadets in offshore sailing by offering bursaries to Sea Cadets and occasional equipment to the ship. The new ship went into service in summer 2015 and as flagship of the Sea Cadets, she operates with a Sea Cadet crew between March and late November each year in UK sailing waters.
It's easy to join online at www.webcollect.org.uk/srcc Or download an application form from www.squareriggerclub.org.uk and email or post it to: Marina Harden, SRCC Membership Secretary, 73b Benwell Road, Holloway, London N7 7BW. E: email@example.com T: 07957 160578 www.squareriggerclub.org.uk
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