The Prince of Wales Sea Training School

Page 1 - Parade

The Prince of Wales Sea Training School was based in Dover for twenty-two years. The School, then known as the Prince of Wales Sea Training Hostel, was founded in Limehouse, London, in 1920, and in 1940 moved to Ingham in Norfolk. Eight years later it was re-named The Prince of Wales Sea Training School, and in 1953 it moved to Dover.

In 1975 the School closed, having trained nearly 5,000 boys aged between 15 and 17 as deck ratings, many of whom went on to attain high maritime positions. The School also provided engineering course for lads returning after two years at sea.

large white building behind closed gates marked "danger, unsafe structure" and "keep out"



The School building, after having been used by Dover College as a dormitory, now lies empty.




85 boys from the School lost their lives in the Second World War. The commemorative plaque moved with the School to Dover, and on closure of the School found a new home in the Seafarers' Centre in Snargate Street. In 2007 it was moved to Holy Trinity Church, Ingham, where many of the boys had worshipped during their sixteen-week training courses.

Ingham - Holy Trinity Chruch

On 20th May the rededication and unveiling ceremony was held at the church.  The Dover War Memorial Project were privileged to attend. Organised by Andy Gale, the United Kingdom Director of the Prince of Wales Sea Training School Society, the events began with a parade and march from the village hall to the church.

three people from the Merchant Navy Association, with standards rolled against a wall the march gets ready: standard bearers at the front, old boys from PWSTS behind

above: mustering the parade
left: Elsie Davies, Captain W L Smedley (MN retired), and May McCandless
(Ms Davies is currently the only female standard bearer in the Merchant Navy Association)

standard bearers marching along the lane
as caption
Brian Gray, with the wreath he made

standard bearers coming in through the church gate
arrival at the church



There were over 200 guests, including many old boys of the PWSTS. 


below: Sea Scouts, entering the church



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pictures by Simon John Chambers

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