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(1885 - 1968)

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Last Update: 27 June 2018

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There is a Facebook Group called ‘Training Ship Mercury’ which is primarily designed for members to ask questions, discuss topics, etc. It is not a replacement for either this website, use of email or use of post.


Because it is a Facebook Group it is a private community and requires an administrator (currently the Membership Secretary, Richard Briggs) to allow access. Please contact him on Facebook (via the Training Ship Mercury Group) or via email on arbibriggs@aol.com.




Training Ship Mercury on Facebook

Hamble Village Magazine

To tie in with the events in Hamble during the weekend of our final reunion, Hamble Village have decided to run a series of articles about TS Mercury. These will be written by Snowy White, our magazine editor and historian. You can find these listed here. You need to select ‘Past 2018 Editions’ to see them. The first was the May edition.  







Some years ago John Dawkins, an artist, painted a picture of HMS Gannet in RN service. To see a thumbnail please click here. Several members of the association have already purchased prints. Although various sizes are available, for an A3 print the price is £55-00 plus P&P. If you are interested please contact John direct on john_dawkins@sky.com or at ‘Greenways’, Chediston Green, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0BB. He also has a website, www.johndawkins-artist.co.uk, where you can see other examples of his work (the Gannet picture does not feature).






HMS Gannet Painting

Calling all ex RN Artificers

John North (john.north1@hotmail.co.uk) is writing a history of Artificers in the Royal Navy as 2018 is the 150th anniversary of their introduction. John (who was not a Mercury boy) was an Artificer for 33 years. If you would like to contribute to this project please contact John directly on the above email address.








Bill Donaldson, a resident of St Agatha’s Road (where the school stood) has produced a blank greeting card featuring a pencil drawing of what remains of the school pier. You can see a thumbnail image of the card here. If you are interested in obtaining copies (£2-50 each) please contact Bill directly at 11 St Agatha’s Road, Hamble, Hants SO31 4PB or call him on 02380453912.





TS Mercury Pier Today

Data Protection Policy

In the light of recent changes to Data Protection regulations in the UK we have felt it appropriate to clearly state what data we hold and what it is used for. Please read our Data Protection Policy. A copy has also been sent to all members on email. If you have any questions please contact a committee member.