T.S.Vindicatrix

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Bequest of the late June Docker

Welcome to the official website of the T.S. Vindicatrix Association. Use the menu on the left of this page, to find other pages, some of which exapnd to sub pages. There are also small scroll arrows at the top and bottom of the list of pages, which are difficult to see

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Founded in 1993 to re-unite former "Vindi Boys" and Sea School staff and act as a central repository for any photos and memoirs about the the T.S. Vindicatrix.

Although the training period was a maximum of twelve weeks, it had the effect of setting us on a course for life, and this fact is now very much appreciated.

If you were a "Vindi Boy" at any time during the school's existence, this is your association and we invite you to 'sign on'.

Reunion 2017 Aug 4th - 6th
Now that the Reunion of 2016 is done and dusted, make a note that next year's will be on the dates above.

A New Vindi Year will start on the

1st February 2017

NEW MEMEBERSHIP RATES

Overseas Independent Members £10
" who pay through Branch £5

European Members £8

UK Members £7

Members who pay by Direct Debit (Standing Order) MUST ADVISE THEIR BANKS IN ORDER FOR THEIR PAYMENTS TO BE INCREASED. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL PUT THEIR RECEIVING OF THE VINDI NEWS' IN JEOPARDY!

There is no increase in Life Membership Subscriptions for either Home or Overseas Members

Send your £Stg. Cheques to:-

The Griffiths Partnership
.  7 Rose Hill, Lovedean,
WATERLOOVILLE Hants.  PO8 9QU
02392 597417
 
For Annual Subscriptions and related queries.
Cheques to made out to 'TS Vindicatrix Assn' , (not TSVA) please.
Always quote your TSVA Membership No. which is on your card, but is also printed on the address label of the envelope in which your Vindi News is sent to you.
Direct Debit Mandates are available, and
Life Memberships for both Home and Overseas Members are available on request.
If you are not a Member and would like to join, pleaqse contact the Webiste Bosun for a copy of the Application Form on
WebsiteBosun@aol.com
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A reminder to all Members who pay their subs on an annual basis that they will become due on 1st Feb. No other reminder will be given as you have alreay had one in the November issue of the Vindi News.

“THE VINDICATRIX”

A tribute by Capt. Joe Earl
(an `Indefatigable` Boy)
Have you heard of Mrs Drysdale? - no reason why you should,
Unless you were a Vindi Boy recalling pretty good,
She’s the smartly painted figurehead from your training ship,
Which started life in `93 down a launching slip.
 
Many thousand old boys have memories of her,
Men from Vindicatrix I’m sure will all concur,
Training there was tough, discipline a blast,
But the making of a seaman from boy to man at last.
 
They came, perhaps, from cities, a village or the plough,
And grew aboard the Vindi - with Drysdale on the bow,
Learning by the hard times, the hunger and the strife,
The hale and hearty culture and friends made there for life.
 
The lads were taught seafaring ways, `afore they went abroad,
Instilled in them the values, that helped them stand assured,
Eventually they sailed away, each with doughty crew,
Plying trade around the world where the `duster` flew.
 
They joined the ranks of steadfast men, who kept our commerce flowing,
Withstanding foe and stormy seas when the winds were blowing,
All for one and shipmates - when the devil knocks,
Stemming from their early days hard by Sharpness docks.
 
A kindred spirit bonds them, by sailing `neath the stars,
The sea their life and laughter when living under spars,
Boldly then, they stood the worst, in peace, or war convoys,
Nothing less would one expect - from Vindicatrix boys.
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