Hello Old Sea Dogs

We thought we would add a helpful page of resources for parents, carers, teachers and nursery staff. Some of the resources may also be of help to older children too supporting general interest or school work. 

Links To Maritime Resources

Trinity House

From the romance of light houses to ensuring seafarers are safe at sea, the Trinity House charity has been working tirelessly around the shores of the United Kingdom looking after lighthouses, lightships, shipping buoys and seaways for all our benefit. They have provided education, support and welfare to the seafaring community since their creation in 1514. Visit their informative website by clicking here 
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution hardly needs any introduction as their heroic work has become the stuff of legends since their inception in 1824, during which time the crews have saved over 143000 lives at sea. This charity is primarily staffed by volunteers and receives the majority of funding through charitable donations. Visit their wonderful website to find out more by clicking here   (opens in a new window)

Royal Yachting Association

The R.Y.A. is the national governing body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sportsboats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising. Their website has links to training courses from youth beginners to advanced sailors to learn all aspects of sea craft and sailing skills. Have our boats stirred the sailor in you? Click here 
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Need Ideas For Places To Visit

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Test your sea legs as you marvel at HMS Ocelot, a Cold War Submarine; explore HMS Cavalier, a Second World War Destroyer and walk the deck of HMS Gannet, the Victorian Sloop. Walk in the footsteps of dockyard workers and visit the ropery to see how the huge ropes were made for Victorian ships. Experience and air raid shelter and plenty more to see and do.
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S.S. Great Britain

Brunel's SS Great Britain tells the incredible story of one of Britain's greatest engineers and one of the most important ships in maritime history. In 1970, the SS Great Britain Project brought the rusting shell of the SS Great Britain home from the Falkland Islands, and its restoration has now made this museum Bristol's No. 1 visitor attraction.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Quite possibly the most famous ship to have ever sailed. Nelson's Victory, the flag ship of the old Royal Navy is found a the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Also there is the Mary Rose, H.M.S. Warrior and a host of other maritime things to explore. You will need a weekend to see everything this truly amazing museum has to offer.                    
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Great Reads About The Sea

The Cruel Sea 
Nicholas Monsarrat

One of the all time classic novels about the harsh life experienced by sailors on Atlantic convoy duties in the second world war. Monsarrat's book was later made into an acclaimed film in 1953 starring Jack Hawkins, Denholm Elliot, Donald Sinden & Stanley Baker to name a few. 
Listen free to the audio book version

The Old Man And The Sea
Ernest Hemingway

One of Hemingway’s most iconic stories, The Old Man and the Sea tells a timeless tale of personal triumph after devastating loss. Earning Hemingway a Nobel Prize in Literature, this slim novel stands the test of time as a classic of ocean literature

Buy the book at
Amazon here

The Reef
Iain McCalman

Capturing over two hundred years of encounters with the Great Barrier Reef, historian Iain McCalman  takes the reader on a journey through the labyrinth of reefs, islands, and shoals that make up the imperilled World Heritage Site of the reef.

Buy the book at Amazon here