Seaton group buffs up its maritime history

PUBLISHED: 16:23 04 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:23 04 June 2013

Memebrs of Seaton Men's Probus Club were joined by family and fridns for a visit to Dartmouth Naval College

Memebrs of Seaton Men's Probus Club were joined by family and fridns for a visit to Dartmouth Naval College


Probus Club party gets a guided tour of the famous Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth

Members of Seaton and District Men’s Probus Club were joined by friends and family for a trip to the famous naval college at Dartmouth.

Their guide Mike Pearce, who spent several years stationed there, had built up a seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of its history, and the people associated with it.

Britannia Royal Naval College was designed by Sir Aston Webb and opened in 1905, and is situated in a commanding position overlooking the town and river.

After a short introduction, the party began its tour at the Anglican Chapel at one end of the main building finishing at the Senior Gun Room at the other end, the two linked by one of Europe’s longest passages – a quarter-of-a-mile long! In between they visited the museum and Quarterdeck and Mike pointed out many interesting pictures, photos and artefacts along the way, interspersed with fascinating insights into our proud naval history.

The Queen first met Prince Philip at the College when he was a cadet there. King George V and King George VI both trained there, as did Prince Charles. Today, the college trains cadets not only for the British navy, but also for many Commonwealth and other countries.

Earlier in the day the group had the chance to explore the beautiful south Devon town on the bank of the River Dart.

Anyone interested in joining the club, should contact Keith West on 01297 624374.

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