Training Ship Mercury

(1885 - 1968)

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Last Update: 09 May 2017

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We have set up 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. Please look on it as in addition to existing communications methods. 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




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Hamble Talk - TS Mercury

Our Magazine Editor and historian, 'Snowy' White (4151), has been invited by the Hamble Local History Society to give a talk about the history of T S Mercury. This will take place at 19.30 on Thursday 7th September at the Roy Underdown Pavilion in Hamble. Guests are welcome.







A service dedication of the refurbished joint training ship memorial at the National Arboretum, Alrewas in Staffordshire took lace on Saturday 3rd September (Merchant Navy Day). There were representatives from the associations of HMS Conway, Training Ship General Botha, Pangbourne Nautical College, HMS Worcester and the Mercury. Captain David Parsons as well as other Mercury Old Boys attended.






Training Ship Memorial, National Arboretum

Shipwreck of the Safmarine ship SA Seafarer

IIn the October 2016 edition of the maritime journal Sea Breezes is a four page article with photos of Larry Richardson (4435) and his family and their survival of the shipwreck of the Safmarine ship SA Seafarer off the coast of South Africa on 1 July 1966. At the time Larry was 3rd Officer of the ship and his wife and baby were also aboard emigrating to South Africa. All the crew and passengers were rescued by South African Air Force helicopters but it was a frightening start to their new life in South Africa. Larry never sailed deep sea again.