TS Mercury – The Final Day

The school closed in July 1968. The final day was cold and dismal as the boys came ashore for the last time but brightened up as the day progressed. Parents came to collect their sons and by the end of the day all boys were gone. Well not quite. There had been a request for 12 senior boys to stay behind for a further week to tidy everything up. These volunteers had a great time. They were accommodated in real beds in the sick bay and treated quite differently by those members of staff who had also been retained to supervise the running down of the school. In short, it was a week of hard work but these boys had a great time.

These pictures were taken on the last day and the subsequent week.

  • Boys coming ashore for the last time heavily laden with their hammocks and bedding.

The last ship’s company list – July 1968  (kindly forwarded by Graham Penry – 4931)