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Summer outing to Hartlepool Maritime Experience

Tuesday 14 July 2015 - Filed under Events

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Our summer outing this year was sponsored by Wolseley UK, for which we were very grateful. Their generosity enabled us to hire a coach and pay for everyone’s entrance. The weather kept fine for us all day, which was a relief after recent events!

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It didn’t take Jerry long to get into the spirit of the thing!

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We were able to split up into smaller groups to view the various attractions on the quayside and also to visit the HMS Trincomalee, a Royal Navy frigate first launched in 1817. No one was left in any doubt about how hard life on a fighting ship could be, especially for those below officer rank. The picture above shows the Captain’s cabin and the Quarter Deck.

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Conditions on the Mess Deck were much less comfortable and the noise on the Gun Deck must have been appalling during a battle. It all looks very peaceful now, but we were reminded that previous generations were often sent to sea at the age of 12 or even younger and expected to act like men! Even worse was the fate of men captured by the press gang.

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Discipline was harsh in the early 19th century, both on land and at sea! None of us experienced a flogging from the cat o’ nine tails, but the pillory was available.

IF ANYONE HAS PHOTOGRAPHS TO ADD TO THOSE SHOWN HERE, PLEASE LET JERRY HAVE THEM. WE WERE RATHER SCATTERED TODAY AND SOME EXTRA ONES WOULD BE GREAT.