For all those who served or trained in HMS St. Vincent

Welcome

The HMS St Vincent Association is for all who trained, instructed at, or served as members of the ship’s company of HMS St. Vincent in Gosport or, latterly, in London. The objects of the Association are:

  • To encourage, promote and facilitate the liaison of former Boy Seamen, Naval Airmen, Juniors and other service personnel who served at HMS St. Vincent
  • To provide a central contact point for members seeking to contact old shipmates
  • To provide a membership list to members from time to time
  • To organise reunions from time to time
  • To do all things and carry out all acts which shall, at the discretion of the Association Committee be deemed necessary to benefit and perpetuate the objects of the Association

 

Spring 2014 Newsletter

The Spring 2014 newsletter is now available to download.

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Gallery Images

We currently have over 5,100 images in our gallery, so if you haven’t seen them all, please take a look.  If you want yours added to the collection, do not hesitate to email them to use at gallery@hmsstvincentassoc.org.

 

Sailors on Stage

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Once again, the “Sons and Daughters of the Sea” will be bobbing up and down and rolling you in the aisles with songs and stories of “Life in a Blue Suit”.  27 July 2014

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HMS St Vincent

The original HMS St Vincent was a first rate ship designed to carry 120 guns. But by then the Napoleonic Wars were effectively over, and with plans in hand to reduce the fleet she was laid up until her first commission in Feb 1831 for Service with the Mediterranean fleet.

She was almost wrecked during a storm off Malta in February 1834. The warship was recommissioned for the channel Squadron in 1841 and was frequently in Portsmouth Queen Victoria visited her twice in 1842 and 1847. During the first visit the vessel acted as flagship to the experimental squadron at the last Royal Review of a fleet in which the major ships were under sail.  After the second royal visit she took part in the war in the Baltic in 1854.

It was her last active engagement before she became a training ship for boys and was given a permanent mooring off the entrance to Haslar Creek.

She was broken up at Falmouth in 1906.

Shore establishment

The name was given to the barracks and training establishment in Gosport in 1927, after the one that been set up aboard the old first rate HMS St Vincent in 1862. The new HMS St Vincent was commissioned on 1 June 1927, originally like its predecessor as a training establishment for boys and juniors. On the outbreak of the Second World War, the boys were evacuated to the Isle of Man, where they merged with those evacuated from HMS Caledonia to form HMS St George, which was formally established in 1939. HMS St Vincent meanwhile became a training establishment for officers of the Fleet Air Arm and an overflow for the Royal Navy barracks. A signal school was also established. A torpedo training section was opened on 22 July 1940.

St Vincent reverted to being a boy’s training establishment after the end of the war, and reopened as such on 1 December 1945. It continued to function as such until 1968, when it was decided to close St Vincent. The official closing ceremony was held on 8 December 1968, with the white ensign being lowered for the last time on 2 April 1969. The base was then handed over to the land agent the following day, 3 April 1969.