HMS Ganges Museum, Shotley Gate was founded in 1982 by members of the Association. The museum contains photographs and artifacts donated by ex-HMS Ganges Boys and their families. The idea museum is to show how the Royal Navy trained recruits for their life in the Navy, particularly at the most famous and best Training Establishment.
HMS Ganges was originally based on a sailing ship of that name, a model of which can be seen in the museum. Having moved from Cornwall to the Stour off Harwich in 1899, the base was built on the opposite shore at Shotley Gate in 1905, when the training was moved ashore. And there it remained until its closure in 1976, some 160,000 boys later.
To get the full story from people who trained and worked at HMS Ganges, visit us in The Old Sail Loft, Shotley Marina on the bank of the River Orwell at Shotley Gate, on the site of the old sports track.
We are open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from Good Friday to the last weekend in October, 11am to 5pm.
If you are unable to visit during a weekend, or you wish to organise a special trip out of usual hours, please go to the contact page on our website and one of us will be only to happy arrange your visit. Please remember that we are all volunteers so at least 14 days notice would be appreciated.
Entry to the museum is FREE, although all donations are welcome and are used for running costs.
Photograph shows a very small part of the display in the museum.