Stockton Sea Cadets TS Fortitude

t10232This is the whole group of Stockton Sea Cadets TS Fortitude, including teachers both marine cadets and sea cadets. They operated in Bowsefield Lane next to the former Robson Maternity Home.

Photograph and details courtesy of Dave Moody.

20 thoughts on “Stockton Sea Cadets TS Fortitude

  1. In the sea cadets round about 1970, I remember going to Lake Hollingworth and spending a weekend at Chatham on HMS Bacchante, I too joined the Navy in 1976 and ended up on fleet submarines. I left the Navy in 1986.

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  2. in the late 40s early 50s, TS Fortitude was an MTB moored on the Tees where Endeavour replica is berthed now. The CO then was Hugill, of Hugill Eengineering, Portrack. There was sub-lieutenant SMITH, sub-lieutenant STUBBS and P.O. WILSON who was in charge of the swimming team. The main members of the swimming team were Leading Seaman Eric Fordy, Albert Simson and myself. We travelled to Hull, Gateshead, Leicester, Aberdeen, Chatham, HMS Victory, Portsmouth, HMS Ganges and Morecame – we were quite a formable team.

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  3. ‘Pop’ Wilson used to take us for swimming and boxing training, at the time we had practicaly unbeaten teams in both events. It was ‘Pop’s son who came on board and started the Marine Cadets and another chapter of Stockton S.C.C. started a friendly rivalry between both factions. We had a C.O. at one point who had served with Mountbatten on H.M.S. Kelly, his daughter Pat used to serve cocoa in the canteen during the breaks in classes. Besides Jack Peacock and David Bell, who incidentaly organised us to make our own canoes in the garage at the rear of the building, we also had another very quiet man who was liked by all and that was Ronnie Hart. Ronnie had served on H.M.S. Hood but was part of the crew taken off to make up the numbers on another ship at the time. Our C.O. Ron Percival used to take us for rifle practice on Saturday mornings to the T.A. Centre Middlesbrough, he started a ‘tug of war’ team that during that season swept everything aside. I made some great friends while with the sea cadets and have often wondered how everyone had fared throughout the years. A very worthy youth movement and great team builder.

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    • Yes great memories, I joined Stockton Sea Cadets in 1959 till1962 I boxed against a guy called Nicknamed Killer as his sparing partner. He (Killer) was getting prepared for the National Finals in 1961
      I swam at the Sea Cadets National finals down in HMS Ganges where we won medals maybe 1960 or 1961. We used to go out on a boat with I think pop Wilson I remember very early starts on the boat and we loved it polishing the copper and brass fittings. I went to school at Bowefield Lane High school.
      My family moved to Australia in 1962 and i joined the Australian Navy as a boy then joining Submarines and my training was in the UK first HMS Dolphin and then at Faslane Scotland on a Submarine called HMS Oracle.

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  4. I remember Jack Peacock. I joined the Stockton R.N.A 1959, and I am still a member of the Brantford Navy Club Ontario Canada. Would that be Ron Percival, if so I remember him as well as the Brown Boys. The Navy club members also had a swimming gala against the Sea Cadets at Stockton Baths. Remember also going to Hartlepool regata with the Club.

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  5. Yes Robert, that’s me. John lives in Thornaby. If people are in the picture and are making comments, please identify which one you are. I know the faces, but forget a lot of the names. My email can be obtained from Picture Stockton, should anyone wish to make contact.

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  6. I have many fond memories of Stockton Sea Cadets and friends of T.S.Fortitude in Bowesfield Lane. Jack Peacock and David Bell were always on hand to help and Jack used to take us for seamanship skills both in the class and on the water. I was part of a team that did a canoeing trip from York to London, but spoilt everybody’s time because I suffered from, for whatever reason, ‘travel sickness’. The C.O. Percival, Jack and David Bell were along as part of the support team. Later Alexander ‘Sandy’ Cearney and Myself took part in a 60 mile canoe race on the Thames. It was a full weekend event and even though some of the other teams had fancy racing canoes we didnt do so bad. Again with full support that weekend from Jack Peacock and David Bell, they picked us up from Brentford Sea Cadets and brought us home. Great times indeed and many many great memories.

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  7. Kenneth Gibbs, remember you well. I’m Dave Moody who sent the photo in, sixth from the left, second back row. I went on a cruise with Randall and three others on the HMS Tiger, a cruiser battleship. I knocked about with Marine Corrigan for a while. They were great days. I remember training on the Tees for many months in a 27 foot whaler, as we were entered in a regatta at Hartlepool. The event was in 1966 on the day England won the World Cup. Missed the World Cup Final and one of our oars snapped right at the start of the race. Left at the start with no chance of catching up.

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    • I was at Hartlepool at the same time, I wasn’t in any race that I can recall? Roy Stockton and Whitey Kemp, Fordy, John Harty, are names of lads I knew.

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  8. Jack Peacock, now in his eighties, is the president of the RNA club situated in William Street, Stockton. During the recent Remembrance Day parade in Stockton, Jack placed the RNA wreath at the Parish Church War Memorial. A photograph of him doing so was featured in the local Evening Gazette. I know over the years Jack has given great support to the Stockton Sea Cadets, sadly age and ill health limit his activities these days.

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  9. I am on the LHS of the photo (under the letter P) to my left is Colin Conway. This photo was taken on an national inspection night (where we were inspected by a Royal Navy Commander, we were already the best unit in the Area). The CO was Lt Com Maurice Wilson, No.1 was Lt Sayer. Jack Peacock was a brilliant officer (pictured here as a civilian instructor). The only Marine Cadet NCO I can remember was CS Temple (ar right).

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  10. I am the one in the top right hand corner, this was taken somewhere about 1965/66. There are several other people on the picture who are also known. The years of 1965-1966 were the year that Stockton on Tees Sea Cadets were both the Boat Handling and Boat Pulling National Champions. Probable that is what the two trophies at the from are. The boat crew was Kenneth Gibbs, Gordon Milburn, Marine Cadet Corrigan and Alan Ford the coxwain was Gordon Randall.

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  11. I was in briefly 1976/7, I remember sailing and rowing in the two small boats but can’t remember if they were ASC Dinghy or Admiralty Whaler, if anyone can post what they were. There was also a motorised cutter but again my memory fails me. I imagine these craft are now long since gone. Great times though…

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    • I was in the SCC, from ’72, aged 12 to 77, when I joined the RN and worked my way up from new entry to leading hand… we had 2 ASC and 1 cutter. I passd my RYA at Hollingworth Lake so you must remember me… Paul Baker is my name.

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      • Paul Baker………….. Your brother was also in the cadets???. Hollingworth Lake was where Jack Peacock used to take us. It was great fun. The other stalwarts of the cadets were Chief (Bill?) Davies and also Alan Caig (who did various tasks/ranks during his time).

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  12. I was in from 1957 to 1965. Don’t recognize any faces in the photo. Many happy memories from the cocoa served by a couple of girls to firing a 4″ at Portsmouth. Would love to see other photos. Still call recall the smell of wet serge whilst pressing my own uniform.

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  13. I was part of the marine cadets for a couple of years around 1980-81. I remember staying over at weekends, doing drill and cleaning. I remember ‘Dawson’ ‘Hart’ and numerous others. I can’t remember first names – sorry. I left Stockton in 1984, always returning, though less as I’ve gotten older. Really sad to see that it has now gone. Major recruiting base for the forces….

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  14. That”s me front row…on the right without a uniform…never seen the photo before. I was a new lad, living in Webster Street at the time… We would go to the docks at Hartlepool on weekends to row the Whalers…I can still tie a sheepshank….Pressing the square rig with seven creases across the bell bottoms and special creases ironed into the top was a nightmare….for my mum!!

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