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Training ships on the River Thames

Introduction
 

'Warspite' boys singing, accompanied by the vessel’s mascot.
View full size imageWarspite boys accompanied by their mascot. © NMM
Training ships have existed on the River Thames since 1786, when the Marine Society opened the world’s first one, the Beatty

Within 100 years, there were another seven ships on the Thames alone, with others scattered