School Uniform: English Naval Schools--Dartmouth Naval College

Figure 1.--These naval cadets were photographed in the early 1900s, probably before World War I during signals training with semaphore flags.

The best known British naval school is Darthmouth. Interestingly, the only results comibng up on an internet search is the American Dartmouth College. A HBC reader reports that Darthmouth College overlooking the River Dart was completed in 1905, with facilities for approximately 400 Cadets above the old school for officer training. Traditionally students paid 75 pounds for tuition fee, except for the sons of Army, Navy and Marine officers who were admitted for a 40 pound annual fee. Both Osborne on the Isle of Wight and Darthmouth on the south coast of Devon were established by Jacky Fisher. Fisher also reduced the role of the rotten and vermin infested 19th century training ships that were used as training vessels moored on the Dart river, by establishing these institutions. Pervious to this the cadets were given 18 months of training on the old wooden vessels and then sent to sea, offering very little in training of modern warfare. Cadets now spent two years at Osborne studying basic skills and general academics, followed by two more years at Darthmouth, where they specialized in advanced naval sicence and mechanics.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: November 6, 2001
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