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kent-urbex
18-02-2010, 09:33 PM
History
The name HMS Ganges came into service in 1779 when 3 vessels were presented to the navy by the Honourable East India company. One of them was the Bengal built on the Thames at Blackwall which was re-named HMS Ganges. She was broken up in 1816.

Her successor built in Bombay was launched on 10th November 1821, subsequently arriving at Portsmouth in October 1822.

After various commissions HMS Ganges was commissioned as the flag-ship of Rear Admiral R L Bayes on the Pacific Station and left for the Pacific in September 1857. On return to England in 1861 HMS Ganges entered the history book as being the last sailing ship to be a sea going flag-ship

In 1866 HMS Ganges became the boys' training ship anchored in Falmouth harbour where she remained until August 1899. In November 1899 HMS Ganges was transferred to Harwich harbour.

HMS Ganges remained in Harwich harbour as a boys' training ship and in 1905 the boys moved ashore for their training, which continued at Shotley until 1976.

Visited with Begood and Tom46
After visiting Sugar Factory in Ipswich we had HMS Ganges on the list. First come across this place when my dad popped in coming back from my nans. He trained here in the navy. The buildings are pretty basic inside apart from the swimming pool which is the nuts. Access is fun when your with two people who canít climb :lol: , Here are the pictures hope you enjoy it

This is one of two water towers on site
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/01.jpg

Ladder leading down inside
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/04.jpg

Below
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/05.jpg

Small concrete post
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/07.jpg
Swimming pool
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/22.jpg

Main doors
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/23.jpg

Pool
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/25.jpg

Depth
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/29.jpg

Steps
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/30.jpg

Changing room
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/41.jpg
Mast in 1977
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/mast11.jpg
Mast very rotten
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx276/kent-urbex/gangesss%20shotley/50.jpg

DAB
19-02-2010, 07:34 PM
looks a it martello tower-esque i know its not but that was my first thought

it is actually! Martello M and Martello L are at HMS Ganges, and both had water towers built on top of them.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w283/derelicte_dab/website/093-hmsganges/derelicte-20.jpg

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w283/derelicte_dab/website/093-hmsganges/derelicte-21.jpg