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


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'.

A reminder to all members of the TSVA that your annual subs are due on the 1st Feb. The current rates are listed below

A New Vindi Year will start on the

1st February 2016


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

European Members £8

UK Members £7


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,
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
A reminder that our old website of www.vindicatrix-hq.fsnet.co.uk is no longer being updated, so this is the only place to find the latest information and downloads and prices.

Reunion 2015

Well lads, that's another successful reunion done and dusted, we had perfect weather again although Roy Derham wasn't able to attend he must have put in the order for sun. Jim Somerville did a grand job standing in for Roy at the AGM and welcome address. we had some welcome new members join us for the weekend. We hope they enjoyed themselves and made some new friends.

Martin Longhurst reports that he received over £200 in underpaid subs etc.
The evening entertainment was first class as usual and was enjoyed by all.
On saturday the church service was well attended, and the lady's of Berkley done us proud with lots of fantastic tab nabs and drinks.
The camping field was again full of tents and caravans some were there from early in the week to midweek afterwards.

Sadly, there were some familiar faces missing and our thoughts are with their families
We will all miss Bob Woolven,although he had a new helper with the raffle,
Dereck seemed very sad.
The year group photos will be added, once they have been received from Colin Rodgers

Our next reunion will be on the weekend 5th 6th 7th August 2016
Hopefully see you all there and with a fit and healthy Roy Derham and Robin Hurst

Michael Rudd, Website Bosun's Mate michaelrudd46@btinternet.com

A message from your Website Bosun

I'm pleased to report that I'm back on watch and am busily working through the backlog of jobs I picked up at the Reunion for those wanting copies of their MN Reords.
If there is anyone who hasn't yet looked for theirs, please contact me with your Discharge Book No if you can remember it, or with your name and d.o.b. and I'll see if I can find them for you.

Can I remind all Branches that information I show on their behalf can be only as good as that is given to me by them.
If it needs updating, tell me.

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TSVA Reunion 2016

This Reunion at Sharpness will be on the weekend of 5th.6th,and 7th and August.

If you have never been able to attend one of the TSVA Reunions, click on THIS LINK to view the Docker's Club own website


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.