Hi Stan .... firstly ...how are you .. we all want to know....
Then ... The concrete ediface you have posted a photo of had nothing to do with HMS Worcester ... it was the Merchant Navy College by that time. The Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College HMS Worcester finished in 1968 and all assetts went to what we knew as the Seafarers Education Service, or Marine Society. The college you show was opened in Oct 1976 and had something to do with London Council's.
It was doomed before it was built ... HMS Worcester could no longer sustain itself by 1968, hence it closed as all the Polytechnics around the country were doing Mid Apprenticeship Release (MAR) courses and the British Merchant navy we all served was in free fall as the stupid accountants worked their purile evils with paper money. So how in the heck was a college set up like that 10 years later ever going to survive ... total waste of taxpayers money as was proved about 7 years after it opened ...
Firstly...Thankyou .. Following radiotherapy treatment for lung cancer I had a
scan a few weeks ago and I was told the cancer had shrunk which of course
was good news for me..
So -I am still above the grass!
Thankyou also for the interesting information regarding the Merchant Navy College
of which I was unaware.
Locals still referred to it as 'The Worcester'..
David,I smoked for most of my life from aged 12 then stopped in 1954 when I had pleurisy..
Started again about 1970 and stopped in 1986 on doctors advice -breathing problems.
Diagnosed with lung cancer last year October after many tests and scans.
Specialists told me it was a form of asbestosis probably from ships during my time at sea..
Great to hear that you are still above the grass Stan.
Mixed feelings on seeing this. I was at Worcester from 62-65, and then returned to do my sea survival instructors course in 1984. By then of course, the ship had gone and Greenhithe was not as I remembered it. My lasting impression of the new college was that the water temperature in the pool was foxtrot foxtrot!