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Linkslad 18-10-2014 03:41 PM

Nautical Studies at Amble Modern School
I attended Amble County Secondary Modern School in the 1960. In 1965-66 I was in what I believe was the second year of the Nautical Studies class. Many of my fellow pupils came from other areas and lodged with Amble families. I have often wondered what became of the two year course, it’s boat called Sea Quest and the original school boat that I think was “The Collingwood”. Can anyone help?

Coquet 18-10-2014 03:48 PM

It was still going strong when I was there up to 1978 (Sea Quest and the course!) Mr Shawcross was the Seamanship/Nautical studies teacher.

Any 'youngsters' care to comment on more recent years? :D

Linkslad 18-10-2014 04:14 PM

Mr Smith was the original teacher and had spent many years at sea. Initially the class was bases in the dinner room. On one occasion Mr Smith brought in his collection of slide to show us all. To this day his ship going through the Panama Canal sticks in my memory.

rickt 18-10-2014 06:27 PM

Not sure about the course ,but we bought and brought the boat 'SeaQuest' back to Amble from Berwick back in 2000. Got lots of photos of her . She was in a sorry state back in 2000 but even in a worse shape now ..............................the boat was recently cut in half to be used as a tea room or something .

She'll never float again :-)

Vicar 29-09-2020 04:56 PM

I was at amble school in the late 60's. Mr smith was a great teacher, and brave. We sailed sea quest up to sea houses. Not a bad trip, but the journey back was horrendous, we nearly missed our moorings due to a stern wind. The English and maths teacher was also a master mariner and a really nice bloke.

hollydog 25-07-2021 06:19 PM

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We at Amble Coastal Rowing Club rescued 4 old oars from the old Shorebase about 7 years ago as the building was to be demolished. We believe the oars were from a seamanship rowing cutter, probably the Collingwood.
They have been restored and all four were used today to row to Coquet Island

Linkslad 26-07-2021 04:49 PM

I hope they are the “Collingwood’s” oars, so a little bit of Amble history has been preserved. I remember the oars being painted white or blue and although of equal dimensions differing in weight. Lads of, shall we say “lesser physical stature” who needed built up as would not have met the physical requirements for joining the navy rowed with the heavy oars whiles us “larger lads” got the lighter ones.

rickt 27-07-2021 09:46 AM

Here's a picture of Seaquest and I think it may be the Collingwood, I have a few black & white photos of Seaquest taken in the 60's showing some of the pupils.

rickt 27-07-2021 09:47 AM

Heres another:

Linkslad 27-07-2021 10:29 AM

Fantastic and atmospheric pictures of Sea Quest, the “pram dingy” and the Collingwood with its masts in place. It’s definitely the Collingwood as on the side it says, “Amble Modern School”. I’ve been searching the internet for a long time for a picture of Sea Quest. Thanks!

rickt 27-07-2021 12:19 PM

Here's a couple more:

rickt 27-07-2021 12:20 PM

Linkslad 27-07-2021 12:39 PM

Many thanks. In my time on Sea Quest 1965/66 the hull was varnished not painted.

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