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robin8495 | 21:30 Wed 23rd Mar 2016 | Military
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When did HMS Ganges close down was it for stoker trainees ?
I joined in 1958 as Stoker & trained at Raleigh, when did that one close down?


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HMS Raleigh is still going. There is a very good series on BBC Monday nights called Royal Navy School which follows recruits at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.
I was a Ganges Boy from November 1951 to December 1952,
I hated it, and wished I had joined the Merchant Navy, who seemed to have a much better time than we did
My brother went to HMS Ganges when he was 16. When he reached 18 he signed up for 12 years in the Royal Navy. Must have been late 50s.
We seem to have at least two other members who were at HMS Ganges:

I was brought up in Ipswich, where all outdoor events (such as the annual Co-op Fete in Christchurch Park) seemed to have an obligatory gymnastics display put on by the boys of HMS Ganges which, of course, was just down the road from the town.
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Sorry my joining date was 1948, I know I did some training/exams etc at Raleigh and Royal Arthur, also a divers course at HMS Vernon in about 1956. That was with the old type Siebe Gorman and the New(?) Frogmans course, it was at the time of the Commander Crab incident with the Russian ship Sverdlov. I was on HMS Boxer £8M Radar ship. I did the Spithead revue and Suez aboard the same ship. I can at least say I have walked across from Vernon to Gosport, the walk was like being in a Second hand/junk shop in the fog. Is the 100 ft diving tower still in use that was part of the course when I was at HMS Dolphin.

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