Yawn yes again! But I liked it here & have tried to keep the pics a bit different so bear with me.



The History (nicked from wiki)
Royal Naval Training Establishment Shotley, known in the Royal Navy as HMS Ganges, was a naval training establishment at Shotley, near Ipswich in Suffolk. Starting in 1905, it trained boys for naval service until it closed in 1976, following the raising of the school leaving age from 15 to 16.[1] It had a mixed reputation in the Royal Navy, both for its reputed harsh methods of training boys in order to turn out professionally able, self-reliant ratings and for the professionalism of its former trainees. It is particularly famous for its 143-foot (44 m) high mast which all boys under training were required to ascend, at least to the half-moon and for the mast manning ceremonies held whenever a dignitary visited the establishment.

It also houses a battery that is quite interesting...
Shotley Battery was built in 1865 on the Shotley Peninsula to guard the port of Felixstowe, within HMS Ganges Naval Training school, on the same site as an existing Martello Tower.

It was built with seven sides using brick and earth. It was surrounded with a dry ditch and had three magazines.[1] Originally armed with 14 68-pounder guns, these were replaced 14 7-inch RML guns. It was modified with two positions for 10-inch Rifled Muzzle Loading (RML) guns in 1891. These were used until 1901.

The battery was then disarmed and transferred to the Admiralty in 1904 as part of a shore training establishment HMS Ganges. It has suffered much damage since HMS Ganges closed in 1976 and became a police training centre which has in turn closed.

The Explore

Not much to tell here really. this is mostly a walk in tbh but we did manage to cover the sports hall which is somewhat trickier & security lurk far too close to for comfort.
We were rushed for time so Im sure there is still a huge amount we missed but this is what we got!


9O5A7344 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7388 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7374 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7316 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7401-2 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7403-2 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7384-2 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7390-2 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7365-2 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7398-2 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7334 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7411 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7432-2 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7428-2 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7376 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7312 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr

Oh go on then just a few from the pool!


9O5A7285 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7288 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7264-2 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7246-2 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


9O5A7291 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


Thanks for looking see u later!

9O5A7347 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr