Nautical Colleges

Annmckinnon
5th June 2019, 15:05
There was a Navigation College in Dundee many moons ago

Bob L
5th June 2019, 17:37
Dundee Technical College had a School of Navigation and Engineering for Pre-sea Cadets - 12 month Course with 6 months " sea time " allocated for successful completion - Captains Gardiner, Creelman and Squaire - and a Mr Fraser ( ex RN Petty Officer ) for Lifeboat / Sailing Training. I attended in 1960 and returned for Second Mates. Small Classes meant very personal training and I enjoyed my time there. Would be good to catch up with any old classmates.
Bob L.

IAN M
5th June 2019, 19:22
There was a Navigation College in Dundee many moons ago

Dundee never had a navigation/nautical college, Ann, but nautical subjects were taught at the Tech.

It did, however, have a wireless college in Windsor Street which I attended in early 1943, and which I wrote about in my book, DUNDEE MEMORIES.

Ian860B
6th June 2019, 12:35
I did a year at Dundee Nautical College/School mid 1969-1970, They had a couple of rowing/ sailing boats out at Broughty Ferry,
Jock

Bob L
6th June 2019, 15:24
Ian - Yes, had the boathouse at West Ferry - in my time we went there every Wednesday afternoon for rowing and sailing Usually Captain Creelman and Mr Fraser oversaw proceedings - not much fun in the middle of winter !!
Also did lifesaving at the old baths down near the Docks - as I mentioned earlier it was an excellent " induction " into seagoing and I joined Anchor Line in 1961 - Happy days. Bob L.

IAN M
6th June 2019, 22:13
Ian - Yes, had the boathouse at West Ferry - in my time we went there every Wednesday afternoon for rowing and sailing Usually Captain Creelman and Mr Fraser oversaw proceedings - not much fun in the middle of winter !!
Also did lifesaving at the old baths down near the Docks - as I mentioned earlier it was an excellent " induction " into seagoing and I joined Anchor Line in 1961 - Happy days. Bob L.

You'll find my experiences at the old Dundee baths in my book, Dundee Memories. My only experience of sailing was when I did my Lifeboatman's Certificate at Salthouse Dock in Liverpool in October 1948.

Ian860B
7th June 2019, 00:13
Yes West Ferry, Only Cpt Creelman took us I don't remember a Mr Fraser. Yes got lifesaving badges at the pool near the end of the esplanade. I think we were the last intake before the course was terminated, I remember the class rooms being demolished in Bell street, we were moved for the last six months can't remember where. Did tech drawing with an ancient old guy, very good we passed our O level tech drawing. I think there was only six of us completed the course 2 Engine and 4 Deck. I got a second class Watch Ashore prize my mother was furious she wanted me to get a first. Went to Glasgow School of Nautical Studies then Spent 7 years with P&O and two years with AMPTC .
Jock

Bob L
7th June 2019, 09:43
Jock - Thanks for the update - I wondered when the School of Navigation/Engineering closed as I was last there in 1964 preparing for Second Mates - after that was at Greenock and finally London.
Mr Fraser was Caretaker at the College as well as part time trainer - rather a fearsome chap to us Cadets !!! This thread has brought back a lot of memories - all good - most of the Cadets went to Clan Line, Denholms and Ben Line.
Remember we went to The Caledon Shipyard to watch a Bowater Vessel being launched.
Bob L.

Engine Serang
7th June 2019, 10:26
There was a Navigation College in Dundee many moons ago


There was an awful lot of things in Dundee a couple of moons ago.

Michael Taylor
7th June 2019, 13:29
Once again nothing to do with Nautical Colleges, but I always wondered why in Ellermans we always seemed to carry jute from Bangladesh to there and seemingly no place else. It was not until my volunteer work here at the New Bedford MA Whaling Museum that I found out.
Whaleoil is used in "batching", softening the fibres, so that they maybe spun together to make gunney cloth. Since Dundee was one of the UK's last whaling ports thats why we went there.
I suppose could have asked at the time but seem to remember there were a lot of pretty girls in Dundee!

IAN M
7th June 2019, 14:51
Michael

Dundee was then the world centre of the jute industry and there was a Textile Department at the Dundee Tech. My brother was a lecturer in the Department and, for several years before the Department closed, all his students were from Bangladesh.

Ian860B
8th June 2019, 01:16
Not sure if we are allowed to describe girls as pretty these days, I remember a lad from Dundee saying that the girls looked fine until they opened their mouths and a bale of jute fell out, what he meant was the terrible Dundee accent! Just about enough to make your ears bleed.
Jock