Placing them on ships also reduced absconding and the offending associated with it. This book is thoroughly researched and full of facts. Phil Carradice spells out how difficult life was — the accidents, the high death rate, the illnesses, the cramped quarters, the poor food, the bullying sometimes encouraged as character-building , the low educational standards and the cruelty and incompetence of some staff.
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But there were also ships where excellent training was provided, where discipline was firm but fair, and where there were successes. Some nautical schools managed to place large numbers of boys in the Royal and Merchant Navies.
The poor conditions led at times to violence, mutinies, scandals such as the Akbar incident, when Winston Churchill had to order an inquiry and arson. Phil Carradice gives accounts of seven training ships destroyed by fire.
The old wooden hulks were full of tar and other combustibles; once alight, they were hard to extinguish. No Royal Navy training ships were destroyed in this way while in use, but they did not have offenders living on board, and reformatory boys at times sought to retaliate against the system by burning the ships down. In almost every case the boys and staff were safely evacuated, but the incidents must have been both dramatic and terrifying.
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Over time it became clear that nautical training could be provided quite as effectively and more cheaply on land, and as the hulks decayed and were taken to be broken up, the schools were sited ashore. Eventually, after the Second World War, both the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy were down-sized, and the need for nautical training diminished. The book contains some interesting cameos. Then there was the cruise in the Atlantic, during which an apprentice underwent a successful appendectomy — no doubt a challenging time not only for the apprentice but also for the untrained?
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The subtitle is An Illustrated History , and this is well justified. The volume of pictures means that the written text is probably little more than of the pages, but the combination of words and illustrations provides the full picture. The powers-that-be had an irritating habit of renaming ships, so that a particular ship may have had several names, and a particular name may have been attached to many ships. Researching the subject must have given Phil Carradice the heebie-jeebies.
Any condition Any condition. See all 5. About this product Product Information The fascinating history of Britain's nautical training ships and the decline of what was once the largest merchant fleet in the world. Additional Product Features Author s. Phil Carradice is a full time writer and broadcaster. He has had numerous books published including novels, history, biography and poetry. He lives in the Vale of Glamorgan.
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