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SBalfour
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Post HMS Ganges
on: July 22, 2012, 20:03
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For all of you who went through Ganges, I will be going up to Shotley Gate on Wednesday, as I have a job to do on Tuesday in Colchester, so staying overnight and will be doing a bit of sight-seeing, as Shotley Gate is not that far away.

Unfortunately, the Museum at the Marina is closed during the week, so that will have to wait until I can get away on a weekend (or Bank Holiday).

I will have my camera(s) with me, so will do my tourist bit and hope I can post some up next Friday to remind you all what a misreable place it could be, as well as a fun place when the sun shone.

Scott

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Post Re: HMS Ganges
on: July 30, 2012, 20:47
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I drove up the Old Ipswich Road towards Manningtree, then headed towards Shotley Gate in glorious sunshine.

There is now a large marina where the foreshore was, it has some very large, and no doubt very expensive motor cruisers, and lots of one and two masted sailing cruisers. There is a museum dedicated to Ganges but it's only open at weekends and bank holidays, and only up to October.

I parked the car up by the jetty we used to launch the cutters from, now a derelict and forlorn structure, and walked up the hill and down the few hundred yards that is Caladeonia Road to the gates.

It looks a sorry sight, and a decision to develop the site is expected in a few days from now, and if it gets the go ahead, then houses will be built on the site.

As you can see from the photographs, the mast is in a sorry state, with spars missing and the button completely gone. The place is overgrown with weeds, and what remains of the brick buildings around the gate are waiting to be demolished I would imagine.

Still the foreshore attracts the locals on the hot and sunny day I was there, and lots of people were parked up in the marina car park, going out for a stroll or catching the foot ferry to Harwich.

I will have to get up to see the Ganges museum on a weekend before it closes in October for the winter.

I hope the photographs evoke some memories of those that were in training there, I know I had difficulty placing everything in context, and thought I spotted some steps which could have been "Faith, Hope & Charity".

http://folkinphotos.co.uk/ganges.html

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