Square Rigger club TS Royalist
TS Royalist The Origins Part 2 Square Rigger AGM Gosport Genesis and Creation of Royalist 1971 Movietone
Plus: Crew Update Bosunâ€™s Locker Bracing Stations
Contents Commodore’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03 Membership News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 04 Little Brigs Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05 Square Riggers AGM. . . . . . . . . . . . 06-07 Tales from the Bosun’s Locker. . . . . . . 08 Charter 2012. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 09
General News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Movietone File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Cadets’ Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 TS Royalist – The Origins Part 1. . . 14-19 Bracing Stations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Membership Application Form . . . . . . 22
Commodore’s Annual Report 2011 Dear Square Riggers, My first year as Commodore has flown past, no doubt because this has been our 40th Anniversary year, culminating in our AGM and Visitors Programme at Gosport in September. It was good to meet again with so many old friends as well as local dignitaries and some of our new members at this special event; to be given the opportunity to join TS Royalist on the Solent with the cadets sailing the vessel in the glorious late summer sunshine was a bonus. So, I would like to give my thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to attend this happy day and there is more about the occasion later in this Newsletter. This has been a demanding year for bursaries and there is an expectation of even more requests for 2012. Your support is as valuable as ever so thank you all – it means everything to us and the cadets we support, who without your help may not get the chances offered to them. My hearty good wishes for a happy and healthy year.
Irene Agass Commodore Square Rigger Club
Financial Report for the Years 2001 to 2011
have been The Honorary Treasurer for almost ten years at the club now & thought it would be nice, to give you all a heads up on how we generate our income and use these funds to benefit the Sea Cadets
I have analysed the last 10 year’s data and created 2 simple Pie Charts to give a visual view, which I think gives a clear picture of the efficiency of the clubs operations. Income Expenditure
Total Income for the period £178,846 Total Expenditure for the period £155,952
Income: This shows how our income is generated, and percentages. Note the income from charters generated 20% of the total, highlingting the importance of this revenue stream for the club. The subscriptions as expected is the biggest slice of the pie making up almost a 3rd of revenue. We had a large bequest £23,266 during this period which helped bolster the clubs Reserves. If we take this out of income we have almost matched income to spend in the period.
Gift Aid – Act now!
he club is always trying to generate more funds and one that is available through the revenue is that of Gift Aid. We currently have 178 members who donate via GA and this generates some £1800 to £2000 pa in tax claims from the revenue. The 178 members account for about 71% of total membership. We will never achieve 100% 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 back to me at the address below. I can then check our database to ensure we are claiming the correct entitlement. For further information you can look on the Government’s official web-site: www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/gift-aid.htm Please address all completed forms to: John MacDonald Square Rigger Club 146 Manchester Road Mossley Lancashire OL5 9BG
Expenses: The Pie Chart clearly shows we are delivering 78% of benefit to the Sea Cadets. Bursaries payments taking the largest slice of the pie at 55%. We are constantly trying to keep our operating costs down, we have steadly increased the use of email to communicate with our members and would ask anyone not currently receiving emails, to send me their address to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can set you up on our mailing system. This saves us money on postage and stationery etc. John MacDonald
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he demand for bursaries has been very strong, because of economic conditions of course, but also improved marketing of how to apply for grants on the SCC course booking web site, used by all Sea Cadet units, has also helped. Grants
The average bursary awarded was reconciliation was completed jointly with approximately £70 for 2011. the Offshore Office to ensure all the Compared with 2010, 93 bursaries bursaries agreed were actually used and with an average of approximately £80 the value of the bursaries tally with the were awarded, totalling £7,305. payment records this was particularly Usually bursaries that one cadet is important with the Tall Ships Bursaries, prevented from accepting is transferred because of the high value of the awards. to a similar cadet in the same sea cadet The bursary email address had been a unit, so the eight cancellations were great success this season, greatly when one unit cancelled funding for a simplifying the administration. voyage on Petchey, because they found Assuming demand for bursaries alternative funding. continues at the same rate in 2012, the Applications for funding was minimal club should be working on a target for the remainder of the season, some expenditure of approximately £13,000. tidying up of the bursaries account was The Committee should consider this required in November, when a matter at the January meeting.
Little Brigs – Update
ittle Brigs have had another ‘interesting’ year: we had another deployment to Liverpool (by lowloader) and managed to take over 200 youngsters sailing in Salthouse Dock. This is the third year we had been there and we hope to be back yet again in 2012. The rest of the year we have worked out of our homebase of Cowes, with a week in Lymington. Charters had been a mix of sailing with local youngsters, birthday trips and adult teambuilding. We had
also been working with some local Sea Cadet units and hope to expand on this in 2012. In October we entered the ASTO Small Ships race (again) and with almost perfect weather (good breeze and a reduced sea state) and a special course, both brigs crossed the finishing line (a first) and also won a number of prizes including the Richard Langhorn trophy – for BOB ALLEN – for the vessel that best represents the spirit of the race.
Acknowledgements Once again a big thank-you to Photolink Creative Group for producing this edition. Thanks also to all the contributors for their pictures and articles. 05
Square Rigger AGM Fort Blockhouse Gosport 24th September 2011
his year’s AGM broke with custom and saw the Club visit Fort Blockhouse in Gosport for its 40th Anniversary Meeting. In what used to be HMS Dolphin, the Navy’s submarine headquarters, it was a chance to get close to all the premier historical Naval sites and Naval traditions associated with the area.
A sizeable turnout of over 35 members attended the AGM in the morning and were welcomed by our President, Commodore Roger Parker, RN (Retd.), when he announced the recipient for the special award to the most outstanding sea cadet this year. Generously donated by Jane Hughes, the sister of the late Martin Henwood, this prize of £1,000 is to cover the cost of a voyage to experience life aboard a Tall Ship – a story we will return to later. The Club was pleased to welcome The Hon Martin Jay, CBE DL, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and Dr. Sandra Jay, together with Councillor Richard Dickson, the Deputy Mayor of Gosport and Mrs. Roberta Irvine, the Deputy Mayoress of Gosport, among a large party of local dignitaries. 06
They were able to join us for lunch the Visitor’s Programme and learn a little bit about the Club and its activities. Also in attendance were several old friends from the very earliest days including Lady Bell-Davies wife of the late Sir Lancelot Bell-Davies along with Rosemary and Colin Mudie and Frank and Kirsten Scott. The afternoon’s programme began with the showing of an old black and white video about the building, launching and naming of Royalist. This somewhat emotional film was located by Keith Smeaton who kindly offered it to the Club for this event. There were many recognisable faces, some of whom were present today to see themselves as they were 40 years ago! Our President then gave a very interesting talk about the origins and history of the Club, its contributions to Royalist over the years and he included some colourful anecdotes about past members!
For this year’s Morin Scott Memorial Lecture, Andy Krasun, our immediate past Commodore, gave an interesting and in-depth talk about the work of the National Coast-Watch and although technology temporarily let him down, he was not to be defeated and gave a good appreciation of this worthwhile and important organisation. Then it was the turn of S/Lt. (SCC) Rosamund Leverett to tell us all about the realities of Sea Cadet Training and the sometimes difficult but always rewarding work of actually taking youngsters to sea for sail training aboard Royalist. She painted a complete and at times stirring picture of how these cadets respond to motivational leadership and the important role that a weeks sailing on Royalist can have in their development and growing up. If anyone in the audience had doubts about the role of the Club beforehand, they soon lost them and Ros got a loud appreciation at the end of her lecture.
Finally, the Offshore Commander gave a fascinating outline of the workings of the Fleet which was followed by a visit to Royalist herself and one of the power vessels moored nearby. There was a sale of a variety of nautical items and books, the proceeds of
was as yet unaware of this so it was a surprise to him to be presented with his certificate and an even bigger surprise for him when his father, who had been contacted by Jerry Bearne whilst he was at the Southampton Boat Show, arrived to see his son being presented
which will go towards the Club’s funds and thanks to those who contributed to these items. An eventful and busy event that ran like clockwork thanks to some meticulous planning and hard work by our Hon. Secretary, Bernard Atkinson and the SCC Offshore Commander, Jerry Bearne. But it didn’t end there... As this was the 40th Anniversary, Bernard and Jerry arranged for members and their guests to join that week’s new group of Cadets for their first days’ sail training on board Royalist the following day. Leading Cadet Mark Brown from Peterhead in Scotland, who was announced as the winner of the Outstanding Cadet Award for the year,
with his prize. Also present was the deputy Mayor of Gosport who made a special return trip to attend the occasion on the Sunday and gave a short address following the presentation. After this ceremony we were taken to sea by the Commanding Officer Lt (SCC) Angie Morris RNR. We had a beautiful sail around the Solent, anchoring off Osborne Bay on the North East Coast of the Isle of Wight for a splendid roast beef lunch, and a chance to witness the cadets hard at work and undergoing their training. We arrived back at Gosport mid-afternoon in the glorious sunshine. A fitting end to the 40th Anniversary Square Rigger Club AGM celebrations.
From the Bosun’s Locker A summary of 2011 Diving deep into the Bosun’s Locker for a salty seadog’s tale!
Well what a year we have had onboard TS Royalist! With a slow start to the season, we soon picked up the tempo with the TS Royalist Regatta in the Solent, shortly followed by the Tall Ships Races 2011 from Waterford to Greenock! Out of 40 Tall Ships, TS Royalist came 6th in Class and 14th Overall! This was our best result in quite a number of years! The ship also won a Waterford Crystal trophy for ‘The Best Presented Ship Alongside’ in Waterford. We were ecstatic to receive such an award. Whilst participating in the Tall Ships Race we went to town on TS Royalist’s 40th birthday, inviting the Tall Ships Race fleet onboard for bacon butties in Waterford and birthday cake in Greenock!
The cadets onboard this year had enjoyed themselves sailing the ship to the limit! On several occasions we had sailed into Portsmouth harbour under full sail (with engines in standby), we had sailed up to Poole town quay, reversed the ship out of Southampton Ocean Village Marina under sail… I could go on! By sailing to the maximum we had reduced the ship’s fuel consumption helping to reduce our carbon footprint!! Lots of young people benefited from the ‘majestic’ TS Royalist experience this year by participating in lots of activities onboard, including teambuilding and Bosun’s Story Time!
As many of you are well aware, we have just started a winter refit, with a lot of work being done to ensure that the ship is ready for another fun-filled season next year! This includes lifting the ship out of the water for a re-paint, fixing/replacing bits of the rigging and servicing all the machinery onboard. Next season will see TS Royalist sailing the south coast, especially participating in the Brest Festival (http://www. lestonnerresdebrest2012.fr/); this should be a good year for raising the profile of the Sea Cadets and TS Royalist. Less of the typing, I’m now going to go back and play with string for a while! Yours Aye Bosun PO(SCC) Alex Coakley
Gosport to gosport Friday 18th – Monday 21st May 2012 Prices: £ 195 (members) £220 (non-members)
le havre to gosport Friday 14th – Friday 21st September 2012 Prices: £495 (members) £520 (non-members)
For more information, contact Leslie or Irene Eddowes Charter Secretaries of the Square Rigger Club Email: email@example.com Tel: 01508 489706 www.squareriggerclub.org.uk The price of the charters is inclusive of all meals and accommodation. The cost of the week charter from Le Havre also includes the overnight ferry crossing. 09
Replacement for Royalist
he campaign to raise the necessary funding for a new ship continues, the complete cost is estimated to be over £7 million, and just under half the money has been pledged in some way. This is an important threshold because it proves the project is now viable financially and will offer a better foundation for other requests for money. Of course this is a tremendous achievement, given the current economic background, and financial uncertainty. The cost to build
the new vessel is approximately £5 million, with a further £2 million required to provide funding for maintenance, repair and life cycle replacement of expensive components such as engines and the deck as it wears out, and most importantly upgrades to comply with changing statutory regulation’s, and electronic aids to navigation. Anyone who would like to contribute to the funding campaign, should contact the SRC Commodore who will assist with contacts.
ngie Morris, at the end of her third season as Captain is still enjoying command of Royalist. This season she has been joined by Roy Taylor who came to Royalist after a spell with the, MoD, Joint Services yachting sailing school just across the water from Petrol Pier at Hornet, Roy is a very enthusiastic sailor and very keen to see young people sailing. Mick Hazzard, the long time engineer has transferred to shore based duties in the Offshore Office, to be replaced by the very able ex-Royal Navy stoker, Buster Brown, most recently an instructor at the RN engineering training school at HMS Sultan. Annette Edmonds the Coxswain, has moved to the National Bookings Office at Fort Blockhouse, to be replaced by an old hand and relief coxswain Peter Usher, Peter comes to Royalist via the
Royal Marines and the MoD police Martin Burton, the ex Royal Marine continues to churn out the meals whatever the weather, while balancing his duties as a District Officer the Sea Cadets. Alex is Bosun, just completing his first full season and he is doing very well. This year, it was decided to have permanent watch officers, and not have watch officers that were replaced weekly. To this end David and Dawn joined the ship in March, both waiting to join the Royal Navy, they were able to gain an enormous amount of sea time and experience. It was interesting to find the David’s father had been aboard the ship as a cadet when it was launched on the Medina in 1971, and his grandfather had been instrumental in the building of Royalist. Next season two new Watch Officers will be recruited for next year.
Remember us in your will
lways a delicate subject to broach but can be an effective way of donating no matter how small the bequest is. Make a bequest to the Square Rigger Club in your will. It can include money, land, property or stocks and shares. The wording in your will should read: “I give and bequeath, free of all duty and taxes, to the Square Rigger Club for the general purposes of the Charity, the sum of £ ….....…… , and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Charity shall be a sufficient discharge of the same.”
AGM 2012 This year’s AGM will be held on Friday, 26th October, 2012 at The Naval Club, 38 Hill Street, London, W1J 5NS. The timing will be from late morning and our Hon. Sec. will confirm the details in due course. The history of the Naval Club owes its origin to a group of Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Officers who, during the Second World War, formed the RNVR club. 38 Hill Street was dedicated by Lord Cunningham of Hyndhope in June 1954 as a War Memorial to Members of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who gave their lives on active service during the WW2.
elcome to our New Members since our last news letter.
Darren Gibbings Derek Gibbons Snr Paul Bennett
British Columbia, Canada
Greville Henwood Robert Mann
California USA Lowestoft
Richard Mannion Joseph Dowdall
Torquay Newton Abbot
Lady Joan Bell Davies
Gosport London Southampton
Richard William Bell Davies
Daphne Alexandra MacDonald Gloucester David Plumpton Wilson Carolyn Mills Andrew Rycroft
London Essex Dorset
1971 Movietone Film ‘Genesis and Creation of Royalist’
embers will have noted from the report on the Visitor Programme associated with the 40th Anniversary AGM that a thirty minute film was shown to the guests. This film explained the genesis of TS Royalist, the design, the keel-laying, the naming by the Princess Royal, the rigging of the vessel and the inaugural sail and much else besides. In 1966 Lieutenant Commander Morin Scott MBE RN was so irritated with the lack of Sea Cadet participation in the Tall Ships Race, he borrowed a brigantine called Centurion from a fellow Royal Cruising Club member, found a cadet crew and had a successful race. This experience of the value of such sail training for young people was a revelation to him and he decided that the Sea Cadet Corps needed their own vessel. So he got his friend Colin Mudie, a member of the SRC, to produce designs for a future TS Royalist. The film tells this story and every member of the SRC knows how that imaginative concept of
off-shore experience has enhanced many a young life. The professional quality of the film, having been produced by one of the leading documentary makers of the time and shown in cinemas around the world, impressed our visitors and particularly a small number of members of the club, who found themselves as ‘stars’, having participated in the initial rigging of the vessel in Cowes. The existence of the film had ‘disappeared from memory’ for many years and was brought to our attention a week before the AGM, thanks to the much appreciated efforts of Keith Smeaton, a member. It turned out that Keith had a copy in his loft in the original 16mm format, which we were unable to project with the equipment at the club’s disposal. It was therefore a race against time to get the film converted to a disc format that was compatible with the facilities available to us in Fort Blockhouse. Fortunately this was achieved by the evening of the 23rd and the rest is history – but not quite. Later it turned out that none of the present incumbents at the Marine Society and Sea Cadet HQ knew of the existence of the film, which we believe has particular resonance to the fund-raising strategies regarding Royalist 2. Furthermore a number of
members present at the AGM expressed a view that a mechanism should be devised that allowed members access to the disc format of the film for reasons of personal interest. To meet these needs four disc copies have been produced, one of these has been presented to the MSSC and the Hon. Sec. has the other three available for members to borrow for short periods whenever they wish. To borrow a disc please email, write or telephone the Hon. Sec. and a disc will be sent to you in the ubiquitous ‘jiffy’ bag as soon as practicable.
Cadets’ Corner ggers Club,
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TS Royalist – The Origins Part 2 Compiled from Sea Cadet archives and extracts from Morin Scott’s narrative, edited by Hugh Illingworth with the help of Frank Scott.
n the 2010/11 edition of the Square Rigger Club Newsletter, the early beginnings of Sea Cadet offshore experience was described and how finally, from early designs, the hull and rigging for a new Brig to be know as TS Royalist evolved. Part 2 provides the history of the building of TS Royalist and the associated story of raising the necessary funds to pay for her construction. Two committees were formed in May 1969, one to undertake the detailed design and specification of the vessel and one to raise the capital sum required.
The Ship Design & Building Committee Following experience in TS Centurion and TS Duenna and for the various reasons considered earlier, the decision was made to go for a square rig and an early sketch by Colin Mudie showing a brigantine rig was extended into a full brig for a ship’s company of 28 for which an indication of cost of £50,000 was made and a preliminary building specification produced.
PROPOSED 80 TON BRIG TS ROYALIST LOA LOA (Hull) LWL BEAM DRAFT TOTAL SAIL AREA
76 feet NA 58.5 feet 19.66 feet 8.25 feet 5,155 sq. ft.
Inevitably this was modified as time passed, with each detail being examined closely and adjusted if necessary while simultaneously investigating the supply of necessary equipment. The final “as built” drawing is shown below.
AS BUILT SAIL PLAN FOR TS ROYALIST LOA LOA (Hull) LWL BEAM DRAFT TOTAL SAIL AREA
97 feet 76 feet 60 feet 20 feet 8.5 feet 4,415 sq. ft.
It must be realised that whereas there are now several square-rigged vessels under the British flag, back in 1969/70 there were none, and there were very few people in Britain who had any experience in square rig and even fewer with experience in sail training in such vessels with young people. There was, consequently no vessel one could visit to observe details of rig or discuss various ways of arranging rigging, or the ideal tackles for various tasks. For this reason the original rigging plan was intentionally “over blocked” since the cost and difficulty of increasing any tackle power after commissioning would have been tiresome and expensive, but any reduction was quite easy and merely resulted in a small build-up of spares in the bosun’s store. Certain concerns were discussed and conclusions reached at an early stage to enable the appointed designer, Colin Mudie, to progress the general arrangement plan of the ship. Total accommodation was originally planned for the following:• Captain: single cabin • Second-in-Command: single cabin • 4 voyage officers in Wardroom • 4 Petty Officers: in fore peak • 18 cadets in mess deck • Total = 28 This was later increased during the design period to:• Captain: single cabin aft • Second-in-Command: single cabin aft • Cook: single cabin amidships • Engineer and Bosun: double cabin port side • Coxswain: Wardroom • Four voyage officers: Wardroom • 22 cadets in mess deck and fore peak Total = 32 At that time there was a separate organisation for female cadets, the Girls Nautical Training Corps (GNTC), the hierarchy of which had up until then rejected outright all offers of involvement with SCC sail training. However, in 1970 Mrs Evelyn Cleverly OBE was put in
charge of the GNTC, and immediately agreed that GNTC cadets would benefit from sailing in TS Royalist. Initially the GNTC wanted their cadets to have ‘all girl’ cruises, on the lines of those run by the STA Schooners, but these did not work out at all well, since it proved extremely difficult to get enough female cadets to fill the ship for a voyage, and the GNTC were totally unable to generate enough female voyage officers. It was also found that the voyages with purely female cadets tended to operate at a less intense level than the standard boys’ cruises, and this was clearly wrong. Thus it was decided to curtain-off six bunks on the port side on some cruises, so that six girl cadets could be embarked along with 16 boy cadets, a system that only required one female voyage officer. This worked well, and as time passed the demand grew so much that ‘mixed’ cruises became the norm, though it took much longer than expected for females to join the permanent or relief crew. It is worth noting that TS Royalist was the first square rigger in the world to take female trainees and in the 1970s the SCC was considered very radical in operating with ‘mixed’ crews. Other early major decisions were made which had to be incorporated into the basic general arrangements plan. The first was to fit two auxiliary engines driving twin fixed blade propellers. Each engine was capable of driving the vessel at six knots so that the failure of one would not put the vessel at risk, nor out of regular commission. Twin screws also improved manoeuvrability in harbour, bearing in mind that back then a bow-thruster would have had to be a custom installation of great expense. Some consideration was given to fitting variable pitch propellers which can “feather” to reduce drag under sail, but this was rejected. They would have been more expensive, more complex and less reliable, and the very small theoretical speed gain under sail would not have been of real advantage on normal cruises, nor indeed during Tall Ships Races, where it would have been covered by the handicap system. The galley was intentionally sited amidships to suffer least from the ship’s movement in a seaway and was specified to be in a deckhouse or sunken deckhouse to provide adequate ventilation and keep cooking heat and smells out of the messdeck with the intent of reducing the prevalence of sea sickness.
Three foot high bulwarks were also specified to reduce the risk of ‘man overboard’, and improve the overall sense of security for the young cadets. It also made the deck space more sheltered at sea. The cockpit was to be roomy and provide a sheltered position for the whole watch on deck, whilst the steering position had to have good visibility all around and aloft. Any thought of an enclosed wheelhouse was quickly discarded. One experienced yachtsman asked why we had so many square sails since they could only be set with the wind astern. He was quite surprised to learn that in a real square-rigger one sailed to windward with all square sails set. Indeed, in the Sail Training Association’s topsail schooners Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller (built respectively five and three years before TS Royalist) the square sails on the foremast had been very much a last minute add-on, and as a result their bracing limit was so poor that they could not be used when sailing to windward! The Royal Corps of Naval Constructors (RCNC) dredged through their files back to a 1939-built Royal Research Ship, the brigantine Research, and found that their specifications required that the topsides were not to be pierced for opening scuttles (portholes). This was a result of the loss of the German sail training ship Niobe in the Baltic in 1932, which capsized after being caught by a white squall, reputedly with all her scuttles open. The same limitation was therefore placed upon TS Royalist, though at first this led to a squabble with the Department of Transport who initially demanded full-size opening portholes for ventilation, at least until they found that they too had an obscure regulation forbidding opening ship-side portholes in sail training ships! A great deal of time was spent investigating the best and the most economical material for the upper and lower deck and for the deck in the galley and bathrooms where requirements were slightly different. Eventually, teak was specified for all decking, except for the galley, where the latest non-slip compound used by the Royal Navy was used and the bathrooms, where patterned stainless steel was fitted. Some difficulty was experienced during the construction of the brig in obtaining teak for the main deck planking
in adequate lengths and free of shakes, but a call to the dockyard at Portsmouth produced some first quality teak from the stock held to repair the Royal Yacht Britannia, and from this TS Royalist’s beautiful decks were laid. Following a lot of potentially dangerous electrical problems encountered in Centurion and Kenya Jacaranda, a 24 volt DC system was installed with two small diesel generators and generators were also fitted to both auxiliary engines with an extensive 24 volt double battery system. One can get a shock from 24 volts but it is not fatal. Thus, until she went over to AC in 1990, the generators did not need to run for much of the day, and in those days TS Royalist was able to spend most of her time when under sail entirely free from machinery noise. And so the design and the detailed specification progressed and simultaneously efforts were made to locate a yard willing to build the vessel and be able to produce an estimated building cost based on the designer’s basic proposition drawings and brief specification. Although there were many more shipyards in operation in 1970 than today, it was found that, to some extent, TS Royalist fell between two stools. She was too small for many commercial shipbuilding yards used to building in steel, and too large for most yacht building yards confined to building in wood or fibreglass. Some yards were also scared of the problems they might encounter in building a squarerigged sailing ship which was outside their experience. One well-known yacht yard quoted an interesting price based on having a steel hull sub-contracted with the fitting out taking place subsequently on their own premises. However, when the Design Committee showed interest, they had to withdraw their quotation since they had inadvertently omitted to include the price of the steel hull in their figure. Needless to say the cost of the steel hull represented a significant proportion of the final cost of the vessel!! Although the acquisition of parts of the vessel as free gifts or at substantial discounts were mostly carried out after the commencement of building, some efforts were made at an earlier stage. For example, an approach to British Steel Corporation for free steel narrowly missed achieving fifty per cent of the
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total cost – unfortunately our approach came some weeks after they had agreed to pay the entire cost of the yacht British Steel for Chay Blyth’s Against the Wind world circumnavigation. As a result, their donation was limited to a free gift of steel frames and plates which was gratefully received. Perkins Engines very kindly donated one engine and supplied the second at a special price and obviously these two major items had some effect in keeping the final price down. We also agreed to take the masts, spars, rigging and sails out of the shipbuilding contract and deal with that separately to simplify the quotation process for the various shipyards. The different yards had also to be visited by a group of members from the Design Committee in an attempt to judge their ability to construct the vessel to a high standard and their enthusiasm for the project generally. It would be invidious to name the yards which, for one reason or another, failed to gain the contract but suffice to say that it was finally awarded to Groves & Guttridge Ltd. of East Cowes, I.O.W., and a letter of intent was duly signed containing a number of caveats in July 1970. The final price to be inserted in the signed contract had to await the complete detailed specification and a number of construction drawings that were produced by the designer and meanwhile, on the financial front, the Promotions Committee were forging ahead attempting to raise the required sum which grew almost daily with the speed of a London taxi meter. Part of the growth was due to that old bugbear – inflation – and part was due to the need to sign a contract for a fixed delivered price in which the building yard had to forecast (and include) any 16
rise in material costs or labour during the 12 month period between signing the contract and delivery. An important means of keeping the price down was to ensure that ‘add-ons’ were kept to the absolute minimum. Thus, any such variation on the original design & specification had to be formally costed, approved, and signed off by the designer, the chairman of the design committe (a Royal Marine General), Morin Scott, and the Groves & Guttridge ship manager. All four had to agree and their signatures had to be on the variation form before it could be actioned, and any nonapproved items would not be paid for. The Royal Navy are notorious for incurring massive cost overruns with last minute extras and variations, but for this project no admiral or ship’s officer could indulge their pet ideas. Michael Coombes, the Managing Director of Groves & Guttridge, and Ken Downer, the ship manager for the project quickly became most enthusiastic and this enthusiasm spread through the whole yard with everyone keen to make TS Royalist an outstanding example of craftsmanship. Throughout the 12 months this was noticeable time and again in the way that the whole workforce greeted the members of the Design Committee during their frequent visits and constantly asked questions or offered alternative ways of doing work in an endeavour to be sure that the result was absolutely right. It is telling that a time of considerable industrial unrest in the UK a union-backed ‘no strike’ agreement was put in place to cover the ship. At the time of signing the contract the Promotions Committee had amassed the cash figure of £60,000. This was comprised of the Royal Navy Treasury grant of £20,000, which had been
increased to £25,000, and £35,000 from the sale of “Scholarships”. Additionally, there was the gift of steel from the British Steel Corporation, an engine from Perkins Diesels together with a number of other items “in the pipeline”, such as the radar from Decca, which was worth £1,000. Since the Navy League (the parent organisation of the Sea Cadet Corps) was planning a national public appeal to raise money to rebuild the Sea Cadet Boating Station on the island of Raven’s Ait in the Thames, the TS Royalist Promotions committee was severely restricted in its activity on a national scale, but begging of gifts in kind was permissible, as well as an appeal to Units to raise money locally towards the capital cost of the vessel. This resulted in the “Scholarships Scheme”, whereby Units were asked to subscribe £100 towards the cost of the ship building, upon which the Unit earned the right to send one cadet to sea in TS Royalist for one week each year at half the standard rate. This scheme was launched on 1st November 1969. The Promotions Committee produced various aids for money raising and arranged to send personal and individual letters to every Unit Commanding Officer, every Unit Chairman and every Sea Cadet Staff Officer explaining the working of the scheme. The work of designing and producing all the necessary brochures and letters was almost entirely the work of Allan Watling and Richard Grasby and the speed with which the money rolled in is proof of the excellence of their work. Methods of obtaining the £100 were varied and sometimes ingenious. Some Units were shrewd enough to purchase several scholarships. Coffee mornings, jumble sales, sponsored walks, sailing and rowing marathons were held with enthusiasm. Rotary Clubs and Lions Clubs were
approached and local dignitaries cajoled with such success that all three hundred (finally increased to three hundred and fifty) scholarships were sold by 1st May 1970. Every scholarship donor received a specially inscribed engraving of the brig and then the printing plates were broken, so that no other person could ever own one of these memorable and unique pictures. Admiral Sir Mark Pizey, GBE, CB, DSO & bar, chairman of a west country Unit, aged 70 and warned by his doctor not to walk more than three miles, laced his thermos flask of coffee with rum, and completed the full ten miles to help his Unit buy their fifth scholarship. Units had been allowed to send a “deposit” of £10 as a sign of interest and good faith with the balance of £90 to be paid when available but so rapid was the response to the scheme that when the 350 were sold, Sea Cadet Headquarters were holding £700 in £10 deposits which had not been completed, and all these deposits were returned to the Units with an explanation that they had missed the chance of obtaining a full scholarship. The number of scholarships was limited intentionally to 350 which represented about 40 percent of the berths available in any one year so that Units which had not been astute enough to acquire Scholarships would still be able to send cadets to sea in the brig. Due to serious inflation problems in the economy, the cost of the vessel was rising at the rate of £500 a month and there was a real danger that this monthly rise might increase and might also be more than the Promotions Committee could raise in the same period. Very fortunately, Vice Admiral Sir Hugh Mackenzie had just become Chairman of the Navy League having recently been in charge of Britain’s Polaris project and he rapidly appreciated the financial danger of delaying construction. He therefore gave the go ahead to sign the building order on 4th August 1970 and guaranteed that the Navy League would meet the shortfall, provided that an efficient scheme to acquire gifts in kind was put in hand and a plan made to raise the further moneys necessary to reimburse the Navy League. The contracted figure for the delivered vessel was £87,000. Richard Grasby produced another impressive brochure which was used to accompany any letter sent to companies who might provide items for free or at a reduced price, stressing that the vessel
was to be built to the very highest standards and to be an example of the best of British workmanship in every way possible. He also designed the medal, and chose the font for ship’s name on the stern carving and trail boards. Many firms reacted favourably and the full list of the participating donors were on permanent display in the vessel on large boards either side of the engine room. (Even the boards were donated) During the major “half-life” refit of 1991/ 92, when extra watertight bulkheads and doors were fitted, these boards had to be removed but they have been replaced by a handsomely produced book listing all the original subscribers of money or equipment, together with subsequent and future practical supporters of the vessel.
So, Trafalgar Day 1971 was TS Royalist’s first big day. Sea Cadets were gathered in from local units, the Captain of the Corps and many Headquarter Officers together with members of the Design and Promotions Committee attended to watch Mrs. Veronica Scott (wife of Lieutenant Commander Morin Scott the “Godfather” of the brig) lay the keel by welding the first two pieces together and proudly say, “It gives me great pleasure to make the first weld and thus lay the The Building of TS Royalist keel of the Sea Cadet Sail Training Brig Between the signing of the building contract on August 2nd 1970 and “Royalist”. May she make many fast passages and always enjoy safe harbours October 21st of that year, very little visible and so introduce many Cadets to the progress was made at the shipyard but discipline that the sea imposes on all who Colin Mudie was kept busy producing would sail upon deep waters.” the detailed construction drawings and Afterwards someone was heard to the shipyard was hard at work ordering remark “Well now today, at last, we have all the materials and equipment and a greater weight of ship than paper!” stipulating delivery dates. Once the keel had been laid it soon With a little bit of encouragement the became apparent that it was not a yard agreed to have the first two plates question of sitting back and waiting for of the keel ready for welding and the building blocks in place by October 21st - the building yard to complete the vessel without further direction or assistance. Trafalgar Day – chosen intentionally for While the overall design was in place a keel-laying ceremony to gain some the numerous details still had to be much needed publicity for the project. discussed and decided upon and at every The press were notified and Southern step efforts were made to obtain Television and BBC South agreed to send materials and fittings as gifts or at very camera crews whilst British Movietone News, who had filmed aboard Centurion, much reduced prices and in this work the Corps was lucky to acquire the services Kenya Jacaranda and Duenna were also of the retired Paymaster Lieutenant on hand to record the event which Commander Ivor Hutcheson, who had for appeared in cinemas all over the country many years organised the British Marine as well as being an important part of Equipment Council and Exhibition a film of the building which they had Colin Mudie, the designer, found contracted to make. This film finally himself completing detailed drawings, entitled “A Ship of Their Own” and ably rushing them to Lloyds and the directed by Peter Hampton, won prizes Department of Transport for approval at International Film Festivals and was and then to the building yard for bought by the Government Public immediate execution. The Design and Relations organisation – the Central Building Committee met monthly at Sea Office of Information – and, at their Cadet Corps Headquarters in London behest, was translated into more than and conducted innumerable telephone 50 languages and circulated to British meetings as well as visiting the yard with Embassies and High Commissions increasing frequency as building around the world. It was even translated progressed. into South Korean!! 17
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The stores department of Groves & Guttridge was most efficient and ordered every piece of equipment and material in good time with clearly stated delivery dates but their efforts were frequently frustrated by the casual attitude of suppliers to punctuality of delivery. On being reminded that delivery was overdue one supplier actually had the brass neck to say, “Well you did not really expect to get delivery on the date requested, did you?”
aboard HMY Britannia for Cowes Week. An uncompleted vessel on that day would have been a severe embarrassment to all concerned! Altogether the rigging party, all with square rig experience (Midshipman F. Scott RN, PO (SCC) ‘Alf’ Smith, PO (SCC) Bruce Ashwood, & Peter von Witzendorff, later joined by POs Tony & Fred Heywood) did a fantastic job in only ten days, starting from bare poles, to have all yards crossed, sails bent on, running rigging in place, and the vessel
Even on the day of the launching it was necessary to change the plans and hold the cocktail party in the morning and the launch in the afternoon as the ship’s two propellers were only coming down in the sales director’s car that morning, and they still had to be fitted. Disasters and set backs of one sort or another occurred as an almost regular weekly event and much ingenuity had to be exercised to find a way round for by mid February 1971 the day of completion which was to take the form of the naming ceremony to be carried out by Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne had been definitely fixed for 3rd August, when the Royal Family were due to be present
in all respects ready for sea. The number of splices and sailmaker’s whippings required was in itself daunting, but the two riggers from Harry Spencer’s were more than happy to pass on all the tricks of the trade in return for an intense course in square rig. They worked very closely with the Sea Cadet rigging team and did much more than simply position the necessary hard points as directed on the masts & spars, and check through all the rigging gear as it arrived. Modern readers will be horrified to learn that the rigging team were always well ahead of the rattling party, so that for most of the time they had to shin up & down the standing rigging without the benefit of
ratlines or rattling bars. No opportunity existed for any trials of the gear aloft, and it eventually transpired that only one out of 126 ropes was slightly misled, a twisted reefing pennant on the mainsail. This did not interfere with sail setting & was easily remedied in a matter of minutes. Members of the rigging party were highly amused to find out that within a few months this particular facility was found to be unnecessary, and the mainsail reefing pennants were removed! It is worth mentioning that Bruce Ashwood, later went on to become a key member of the crew of the Dutch ketch Flyer when she won the 1977/78 Whitbread Round the World Race, probably making him the most successful offshore sailor produced by the SCC. Secondly we had the Rattling Bar Party under Sub Lieutenant (E) Peter Rundle RN (ex engineer of Centurion) and the redoubtable Lt. Cdr. (SCC) Maurice Ball RNR from the North Eastern Area who had sailed in Kaylena in 1968 and many SCC voyages in MFVs. The names of all the others in this party were not recorded, but they did a fantastic job albeit that it was deathly slow, laborious, repetitive and unglamorous. Their job was to set up the rattling bars on the four shrouds. Groves & Guttridge supplied lengths of teak bar one and a half inches by one inch, lots of three quarter by three quarter inch galvanised angle iron and bulldog grips, and allowed us to use some of their power drills. Starting at the bottom the length of teak bar had to be measured and cut together with the steel angle bar. These had to be marked for drilling, taken away and drilled and then brought back and bolted into place. A gauge was then mounted to ensure the correct spacing of the next rattling bar and the whole process repeated. Needless to say a race developed
between the four teams (and much competitive spirit) but it was a desperately slow race. The rattling spacing was deliberately reduced from the industry standard of 380mm to 300mm because of the age and size of the average cadet, and all footropes and stirrups were similarly sized for small people. Thirdly there was the Ballast Mining Party under Lt. (SCC) David Brown RNR (ex Coxswain of Centurion, Kenya Jacaranda and Kaylena) who, due to a slight error in ballasting by Groves & Guttridge, had to “mine” ballast consisting of steel punchings set in concrete from below the wardroom sole and then carry it forward to re-site it around the heel of the foremast. This was another hard, repetitive and unglamorous task with the added frustration that everyone else working below seemed to feel they were just “getting in the way”! Altogether there were some forty Sea Cadet personnel working at these and other tasks for the last two weeks up to the naming and commissioning ceremony and this was in addition to the similar sized work force from Groves & Guttridge, two riggers from Harry Spencer Ltd and various other outside technicians involved in installing and testing their equipment. It was thus a bit congested on board!! Engine trials at the start of week one took up a valuable day but, despite everything, all was completed by the afternoon of the day prior to the ceremony. Commander John Wheeler OBE, Royal Navy, a dagger ‘N’ and TS Royalist’s first Captain, together with the Sailing Master (Nigel Harry – wartime Lt RNVR), Engineer (PO (SCC) John Davis), Buffer/ Coxswain (PO (SCC) Keith Smeaton), and Cook (David Rogers – ex RN) had joined, though initially everyone virtually camped in the Sea Cadet Unit across the river. Gradually they and other members of the crew were able to move on board, but, remarkably, ‘JB’ had not yet taken up permanent residence, so we did not enjoy his cooking at this time.
The son of the Training Commander SCC was one of the crew for the first cruise, and found that in addition to everything else he was appointed “sword polisher” for all the officers who, of course, had to be in “full fig’ for the Royal Day. In view of his unceasing enthusiastic and skilled work over this period it was decided to equip Peter von Witzendorff (son of the Captain of Gorch Fock) with a Sea Cadet uniform so that he could take his place with the other riggers on the topsail and topgallant yards at the moment of “man and cheer ship” at the end of the Royal Ceremony. This was, however, made conditional on his having his long, hippy-style, hair shorn off, and the others in the rigging party ensured strict adherence to regulations by advising the barber that Peter was joining the Royal Navy the next day. He emerged looking much shorn and somewhat shocked, but in good humour agreed that it was worth it to be part of the crew for the Royal occasion. August 3rd 1971 the third great day in TS Royalist’s life dawned clear and sunny. Her crew gave the new teak decks a good scrub and all the brass work a final polish. Every rope was checked, and every coil had to be both perfect. The wooden board obscuring her name on the stern was removed and replaced by a large sea cadet ensign, and a smaller ensign was hung over the silver plate on the forward end of the deck house. All the special extra steps were in place (no step up or down can be more than eight inches on a Royal tour). Petty Officer Fred Heywood’s four man piping party held a last practice and gradually all the crew began appearing on deck spick and span in their best uniforms, the officers resplendent in “sword and medals”. Ashore the grandstand began to fill up, press and photographers began to make their appearance together with t e l e v i s i o n cameramen and the crew from B r i t i s h Movietone News and then the Solent ferryboat “ G a y Enterprise” (specially chartered for the day) edged her way through the
throng of spectator craft and moored in her allotted berth close to TS Royalist to give all her two hundred passengers a grandstand view of the proceedings. Eventually at the allotted time the Royal Barge with the Royal Standard flying at her stem head came alongside the pontoon, astern of TS Royalist, where Princess Anne was met, according to protocol, by the Lord Lieutenant of the County and the Commander-in-Chief Portsmouth. A short walk along the pontoon, past a contingent of local Sea Cadets under the piratical looking Lt. Cdr. Tom Blow, brought her to the gangway of TS Royalist where she was piped aboard and met by Commander Wheeler, Lt. Cdr. Morin Scott and Rear Admiral Earl Cairns. The Sea Cadet Chaplain led the company in prayer and Princess Anne unveiled the silver plaque calling out with a clear voice, “I name this ship Royalist and may God bless all who sail in her.” Simultaneously the blue ensigns shrouding Jack Whitehead & Norman Gaches’ magnificent stern carving fell away to reveal its beauty, and so she was truly named. Earl Cairns then presented Her Royal Highness with a gold medallion struck from the same die as the silver medal designed by Richard Grasby to commemorate this great day. Silver medals were presented to Rigging Crew and others involved with the building of the TS Royalist. The Royal Party and accompanying VIPs then toured the ship finishing up in the cockpit as the Captain gave the order “man and cheer ship”. The crew raced up the rigging to take up their allotted stations, with the Rigging Party, some following their classification as “Upper Yard Men” by standing on the yard arms of both top gallant and topsail yards. “Royalist will give three cheers for Her Royal Highness, The Princess Anne Hip Hip Hurrah Hip Hip Hurrah Hip Hip Hurrah”. The cheers ringing out across Cowes Harbour marked the end of the ceremony and a few minutes later Princess Anne and the admirals were piped ashore to board the “Gay Enterprise” where a champagne party celebrated the end of a perfect day and the beginning of TS Royalist’s life as the flagship of the Sea Cadet Corps. In truth, the Sea Cadets now had “a ship of their own” starting her first training cruise the following morning. 19
Bracing Stations – An outline of a charter taken on board TS Royalist This article was originally written for a non-square rigger audience but hopefully will be of interest to Club members and friends , who might like to participate in one of our SRC charters. By Hugh Illingworth (Vice Commodore of the Square Rigger Club)
ou are all familiar with expressions like “Going About” and “Lee-oh” but would you be so familiar with expressions like “Bracing Stations”, Overhaul Clewlines and Buntlines”, “Main Course Lift”. These are just a few of the many expressions and terminology in daily use on TS Royalist. For the first time on board TS Royalist it all seems a mass of ropes and rigging but within a few hours it begins to fit into place as one finds out how each piece of rigging performs a single basic task. Many people will find TS Royalist a familiar and beautiful sight around these shores. She is the principal ship of the Sea Cadets and frequently manned by energetic young crew, who sail her for a week at a time and for longer periods such as in the Tall Ships Races. However, fewer will know that there is ready access for people of all ages and sexes to become involved with TS Royalist through the Square Rigger Club. The Square Rigger Club was set up with charity status to “provide support in men, matériel and money for Britain’s square-rigged training ship TS Royalist”. It is a commendable cause and the sums raised from the modest subscription provide bursaries for youngsters, who would otherwise find it too expensive to sail in her. Additionally the Club funds items of equipment, ranging from sails to computer equipment. Whilst this all sounds excellent, perhaps the greatest opportunity of the Square Rigger Club is to sail on TS Royalist and two specific charters are set aside each year for adult members. The weekends are generally in May and September, and TS Royalist departs from her berth in Gosport on a Friday evening with a permanent crew of 5 and 20 Club Members with a destination possibly in France or Alderney. Having
sailed on TS Royalist many times, I have been to France on a number of occasions but I have to say that lately, we have remained on this side of the Channel owing to poor weather but this is no great hardship since there are interesting places and ports to visit on the south coast of England too. Since TS Royalist is a square rigged sailing ship, she does not point to the wind very well and consequently for a comfortable passage it is better to have the wind behind or on the beam. There are two powerful engines, which can be used to push through a head wind but with the windage of the vessel the progress is slow. Having departed from Gosport on a Square Rigger Weekend on a Friday evening, the crew soon settles down to watches for a night sail, a night at anchor or a night alongside somewhere – all dependent on the weather and the itinerary. A good cooked meal is served on board and whatever the activity during the night, there will be more sailing on the following day before arriving in a suitable port for the Saturday night. Following an evening meal on board or ashore on the Saturday night, the ship departs the following morning, settles down to watches and sails through the day. If there has been a crossing to France, the ship will arrive off the Isle of Wight in the morning. Following some sail training exercises and a good lunch, TS Royalist with the Square Riggers returns to Gosport on the Monday afternoon. The experience offered to the Square Rigger Club is very affordable with long weekends inclusive of meals for less than two-hundred pounds for club members, a little more for non-members but this may be reduced by becoming a member of the Club. Apart from a weekend charter there are also one week
charters from time to time with the fee being approximately five hundred pounds for Members. For anyone requiring a new sailing experience with a little hard work (there are no winches carried other than those for the anchor!), good camaraderie and some sailing instruction – and a great time then I recommend one of these weekends to you. More information can be supplied on request. Please contact the Charter Secretary on E:firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01508 489706.
•S ail TS ROYALIST on at least two weekends each year – no previous sailing experience required! • Plus additional week or weekend charters (dependent on the availability of the ship). •M ore experienced? Sail as afterguard crew with the Sea Cadets. • Charter one of the Sea Cadets offshore yachts. Membership starts from just £20 per year. The perfect gift for any would-be sailor! Who we are TS ROYALIST, the square-rigged sail training brig of the Sea Cadets, was launched in 1971. Formed to support the ship, The Square Rigger Club provides support in men, materials and money for the Sea Cadet’s square rigged sail training brig TS Royalist and assists the Sea Cadets with a bursary scheme.
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