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History of training ship in new book

The fire on the Wellesley training ship in March 1914, which features in the new book.

The fire on the Wellesley training ship in March 1914, which features in the new book.

A book telling the story of a ship which trained thousands of boys has been published.

The Tyne Training Ship Wellesley Remembered looks at the vessel which was moored at North Shields during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Young boys, some of whom were homeless, were trained for a seafaring life.

The book, written by Brian Godfrey, looks at the training and features letters from the boys, some written during the First World War.

The book ends with a recollection of the fire in 1914 that sunk the ship.

Brian said: “The main intention of this book is to celebrate, and perhaps ask a few questions of the method and motives of the mid Victorian philanthropic movements that produced new thinking in the care of children.”

The book is on sale at the Keel Row Bookshop and I Love Office Supplies in North Shields, local libraries or from.summerhillbooks.co.uk

There is currently an exhibition about the Wellesley at Segedunum Roman Fort, in Wallsend, until July 13.

 

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