View Full Version : National Sea Training school Gravesend 1971-72

Lee Jackman
2nd October 2011, 06:42 AM
Freezing Cold, Coco,Top of the Pops, Polishing shoes and floors etc
That's some of my memories, nothing new to those who have been there
I have just updated my class photo with a name list, and thought a new
thread was a good idea to draw fellow members from these 2 years (I
was there end of 71 to beginning 72 ... Y class Deck

Red Lead Ted
2nd October 2011, 06:38 PM
you never forget your discharge book number?? can you remember your gravesend number ? Regards Terry.:)

les dennett
29th January 2017, 08:21 PM
Hi Lee. I was at gravesend Sea training at the same time as you I think ..I loved it there it was great fun . Paddy mcgorah. Mighty mouse . To name just a few ..wish I could turn the clock back

Des Taff Jenkins
30th January 2017, 02:02 AM
Hi Les.
Welcome to the site, quite a few Peanuts been on the site over the years; still plenty around. I don't know if you know but there is a Gravesend web site. Like the Vindi boys they are all over the world, I live in Cooma which is in the wapwaps in NSW but I met a prison guard here who was at Gravesend in the 60s.
Hope you enjoy your stay.
List your ships and dates you were on them, you never know there amy be ex shipmates on site.
Cheers Des


keith sweetland
6th January 2018, 08:38 PM
was in y class 14/02/72 till 02/06/72

Ray Jones
27th May 2018, 09:13 AM
Hi All My name is Ray Jones I was a peanut probably 71-72 I knew it was cold I was in the catering class, I was a novelty as I came from Crewe lol

27th May 2018, 09:18 AM
Hi All My name is Ray Jones I was a peanut probably 71-72 I knew it was cold I was in the catering class, I was a novelty as I came from Crewe lol

##welcome to the site ...as i recall all change at crewe was a regular announcement in them days .....im sure you will find some novelty on the site grab a can and join in

5th September 2018, 07:41 AM
sad i know but i do, i was there in 76 number 32587 discharge book UK040563

Alan Robinson
11th October 2018, 07:58 PM
I was at Gravesend April to August 1972, well remember the polishing, cleaning, GSK and boxing the compass. I also remember the shooting sessions with the admirals daughter and her awful arithmetic

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Not quite as novel as Buxton. When I tried to phone home the operator thought it was spelt Bookston.

R 864382
28th October 2018, 08:32 PM
hi Lee check out NSTS and Keeping Peanuts in the picture on facebook .

Frederick Lacey
29th October 2018, 04:44 PM
R525985 Was there 28th Dec '49 to 10th Feb '50 ..Freezing... I'm 4th from right front row with grey socks, how did I get away with that.27870

Rodney Mills
29th October 2018, 05:03 PM
Found my photo of class of Nov. 30, 1953- Jan. 15, 1954, I'm middle row 6th from the left.

Keith Tindell
20th November 2018, 11:01 AM
Here is an old black and white film of , to me, the NEW sea training school Gravesend. I was at the old school 1957, never heard the expression *peanuts* at that time, but will bring back memories for those that were at this one, kt


happy daze john in oz
21st November 2018, 05:43 AM
Wonderful time in a wonderful place.
So much promise of a bright future for so many.
Sadly now all gone, no more training schools for British seamen as there is now hardly such a person around anymore.

17th January 2019, 04:10 PM
X Class. September 8th to December 12th 1980.


Keith Tindell
17th January 2019, 04:34 PM
i was at the old Gravesend sea school, winter of 1958, all i remember is hungry and bloody cold, and the loos a row of doorless cubicles, kt

Bill Cameron
17th January 2019, 05:26 PM
I was there in Oct to Nov 1956, I hated it, was glad when it was over, and I got my first ship.

Jim Brady
17th January 2019, 05:38 PM
I arrived Gravesend 10/12/56 left 18/1/57 only did 5 weeks as we went home for Christmas and New Year,had to pay our own fare.It was something that had to be done so just get on with it,I didn't think it was to bad.


happy daze john in oz
18th January 2019, 03:13 AM
I was one of the lucky ones by all your stories.
I was at the hotel VINDI

Des Taff Jenkins
22nd January 2019, 11:56 PM
HI John.
I just got news that Robin Hurst the site Bosun for the Vindicatrix web site has crossed the bar. Robin along with Roy Derham was at the Vindi with me. He was one of the stalwarts in the Vindi Association and would do anything he could to help old mates, including personally visiting the archives to obtain peoples records. We have been in touch for over twenty years and he will be sadly missed.

Lest we forget

happy daze john in oz
23rd January 2019, 05:17 AM
Sad news indeed, such men are few now, condolences to his family.