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A training ship is a ship used to train students as sailors. The term is especially used for ships employed by navies to train future officers. Essentially there are two types: those used for training at sea and old hulks used to house classrooms.

The hands-on aspect provided by sail training has also been used as a platform for everything from semesters-at-sea for undergraduate oceanography and biology students, marine science and physical science for high school students, and character building for at-risk youths.

In the Sea Cadet Corps all Units use a ship prefix "T.S.", followed by the ship's proper name. For example the Fishguard Sea Cadets' ship's name is T.S. Skirmisher. The T.S. prefix is used as the Sea Cadets is not part of the Royal Navy, and cannot be prefixed "HMS".

Notable training ships

Royal Navy

Other navies

Amerigo Vespucci, in Venice, 2006

JDS Kashima in 2008

Merchant fleet

SS John W. Brown


US MARAD Owned Training Ships

Sail training vessels

Californian in San Diego, CA

  • Dar Młodzieży
  • Irving and Exy Johnson
  • Stavros S Niarchos
  • Pacific Swift
  • Picton Castle
  • Pilgrim
  • TS Royalist
  • SV Tenacious
  • Tall Ship Pelican
  • Tole Mour
  • Lady Washington
  • Nippon Maru
  • Kaiwo Maru

In fiction

  • PRS James Randolph, an interplanetary spacecraft parked in Earth orbit in Robert A. Heinlein's novel, Space Cadet
  • USS Republic (NCC-1371), a starship referred to in Star Trek
  • Betty Jeanne, in the novel Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

See also


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