Passing Penarth en route for Cardiff Bay yesterday was the Sea Cadets’ training ship John Jerwood with some of her crew of young 12-18 year old cadets lined up on the foredeck in traditional Navy-style.
The John Jerwood is used as part of the Sea Cadets’ training programme for 12 to 18-year-old recruits – teaching them “teamwork and social responsibility through a range of activities based on seamanship and maritime skills”.
The 24 metre vessel gives the young uniformed trainees big-boat experience – which the organisation regards as crucial part of their naval instruction.
The Sea Cadets have a busy and very active base in Penarth (TS Glamorgan) where young people learn maritime traditions, disciplines and skills.
The Sea Cadet Corps is a nationwide voluntary uniformed youth organisation for 12-18 year-olds which dates back to the Crimean War. It was formed from what then were called “Naval Lads’ Brigades” – set up in Victorian times to help orphans in the back streets of British port cities.
There are now almost 400 Units based across the UK with a membership of 13,000 cadets.