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Posset Pieces

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A regular booklet on local history from the Gordano Region of Somerset. ISSN 0924-5839. Can be bought here on-line, by post, at Society meetings, or from Careys, High Street, or the Ship Inn, Portishead.

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No 26: Winter 2022/2023

BTS Formidable & the

National Nautical School

64 pages ‘perfect bound’ Size 176 x 250 mm  (6.9 x 9.8 in)

By Peter Milsom

The fascinating story of the training ship BTS Formidable which was moored off Portishead from 1869, and of its land-based replacement, the National Nautical School, which operated from 1906 until 1982.

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Chapter 1   Prevention better than cure

Chapter 2   HMS Formidable

Chapter 3   Ready to go

Chapter 4   Christmas 1882 on board BTS Formidable

Chapter 5   Trouble ahead

Chapter 6   A new future

Chapter 7   Boys who were at the school

Chapter 8   Former Staff Members

Chapter 9   Changed realities

Chapter 10 Fedden Village

Chapter 11 In Memory


                Photograph acknowledgments


Posset Pieces No 26


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