THE LAUNCH OF QUEST DINGHY THE HORATIO NELSON

The Horatio Nelson was launched at The Sea Cadets Venue at The Royal Docks in London on Tuesday September 13th 2016 and will be based there.

Reverend Pat Mann, Naval Chaplain attended and christened ‘The Horatio Nelson’ (THN) in a brief but very moving service with Holy Water from The Royal Borough of Greenwich and The River Jordan.

The Nelson Society then wished THN well for the future, with Paul Ganjou, TNS Chair  splashing English Sparkling wine from Tenterdon, in Kent over her bow (somehow French Champagne did not seem appropriate) . We then watched whilst The Greenwich, Deptford and Rotherhithe Sea Cadets (GDRSC) thoroughly enjoyed raising her sails and making ready before pushing her off the Pontoon and into the Dock water for the first time . Watching them sail into the glorious colours of the setting sun was an unforgettable sight – like the  whilst all drank to her 35 – 40 years of service ahead over tea or coffee and a lovely piece of Christening Cake.

2016 has been 210 years since Admiral Lord Nelson was laid to rest in St Paul’s Cathedral. It is also the 160th year of The Sea Cadets as we know them today. They were formed as part of The Navy League after The Crimea. The Marine Society itself was formed in 1756 – 260 years ago  to take lads off the streets, to feed,  clothe and educate them, sufficiently to join the The Royal Navy. 2016 is year full of Maritime Anniversaries.

So 2016 has been the ideal year for The Nelson Society to make a practical donation that will allow be a Legacy for so many young people especially at Greenwich, Deptford and Rotherhithe Sea Cadets and other Sea Cadets. For 35- 40 years they will learn sailing and navigation skills, that will always stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. It is even poignant as 2016 marks the 110th year since the Rotherhithe Sea Cadets unit was founded in 1906. The Greenwich and Deptford Sea Cadets were founded by the efforts two brothers H & S Cartey, ex servicemen, likely seafarers of Evelyn street Deptford. TNS have through The Immortal Memory these past few years helped raise funds for Greenwich Foundation to meet the deadline of 5pm June 30th 2016. This was the time and date chosen by John Flamsteed,  Astonomer Royal as a favourable day to lay the Foundation stone for Greenwich Hospital witnessed by John Evelyn and Christopher Wren at Greenwich, Kent. The result achieved a Million Pound Future Fund for The Painted Hall another legacy to celebrate achieved in 20.

Admiral Lord Nelson would be much in favour THN Dinghy as is Anna Tribe, his direct descendent. We were asked to make a minimum of £2,500 towards the £5,000 cost of The Quest Dinghy now THN. We have well passed that amount, having raised well over £3,000. Many TNS members believe we should pay for her completely so that the match funding can be put towards another much needed dinghy as they need about 50.TNS were allowed to name her – we gave a short list to The GDRSC to choose, as MS-SC are giving GDRSC ‘THN’ as their dinghy. Given that they are based in the very early Royal Dockyards this is a very lovely gesture from MS-SC. The Rotherhithe SC started in 1906 and Greenwich and Rotherhithe on Armistice Day 1920. They combined in 1941 – in when WW2 the unit reached 300 cadets and were based in Dreadnought at The ORNC. They are still there and are the remaining active link to The Royal Navy and supported by Greenwich Foundation. They parade at The Trafalgar Service each year at The Royal Naval Chapel and were there when TNS were at 2014 Trafalgar Service and the support The Immortal Memory annually. They were delighted in January 2016 to meet Admiral Lord West, Vice Admiral Peroyne, Captain Windsor and Lt Commander Hastings, when they willingly helped Admiral Lord West and Captain Windsor launch the Quest Dinghy Appeal. They had no idea then ‘The Horatio Nelson’ would be their own dinghy. Their delight was palpable on launching THN Dinghy.

Our thanks to all at The Marine Society staff under Capt Windsor, who made all the arrangements so ‘The Horatio Nelson’ has actually been launched in 2016 and making the event the  lovely occasion that it was. I thank all the members who have so generously contributed already – we welcome TNS members who wish to contribute still to do so in 2016 please. If we are able to contribute the full £5,000 then they have funding towards another dinghy. GDRSC would love to see ‘The John Pascoe’ afloat too. This has been a very worth while project with a very quick and very long Legacy outcome for so many young people

Many grateful thanks to all involved over the past 10 months in any way.

Genevieve

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Capt Windsor speaking with The Sea Cadets TNS members immediate past Mayor of Royal Borough of Greenwich listening. Photo G St George

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 Rev Pat Mann when christening just over. TNS Chairman Paul Ganjou with bottle of       English Bubbly in his hand for naming. Photo P Warwick.

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             Sails  up ready to board.  Photo P Warwick

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              Afloat Photo P Warwick

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Cake made by the Sea Cadets. Photo G St George

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… and a safe return from the maiden voyage.  Photo G St George

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Party time.  Photo G St George

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