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Welcome to the official website of T.S. Vindicatrix Association.

Our association was founded in 1993, offering membership to former "Vindi Boys" and Sea School staff. Its purpose is to enable us to rekindle memories of that period of our young lives and to make contact, where possible, with former friends and shipmates.

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'.

Throughout this site, you will find many hyperlinks, which are normally red and underlined, which will either take you to another page on this site,  another site altogether, or to an e-mail address.

 

About us

 

Archive

(where to look for MN Records)

Branches

 

Contacting us..

(the Admin. page)

"Crossed the Bar"

 

Ditty Box

Guest Book

Join the TSVA

Looking for...

Medals and Memorials

Memorabilia-Books

Memorabilia-TSVA

 

The Vindi's History

Squad and other Vindi  Photos

 
 
 

“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.

 

The date of next year's Reunion at Sharpness is the weekend of 10th 11th and 12th August 2012 and we'll see you there then.

and

Down-under Reunion 2012

Where: South Tweed Sports Club - Tweed Heads

When: October 30th, 31st and 1st November

Preliminary information can be found by clicking on

the link to the Queensland Assn Website

 Hosted by Vindicatrix Queensland

More info in the new year

 

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For any Gravesend lad who has happened to chance this way, I am happy to point them in the direction of these three sites, where they will be welcome to join the N.S.T.S./C. Assn.  Gravesend 1,  Gravesend 2 and Gordon Tumber's site.

Copyright 2012, T.S. Vindicatrix Association. No part of this site may be reproduced, in any way or form, without the express written permission of the Executive Committee of the  TSVA.

Website design by Angelina Campisi
Edited by Robin Hurst

 

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