I was interested to see reference to the GSNC Royal Sovereign on page 19 of the February 2018 issue of Sea Breezes.
A high spot of my time as a cadet on HMS Worcester in the early fifties was her annual visit on Prize Day at the end of the summer term. This was always scheduled for a Friday when the Royal Sovereign did not operate her normal trips from Tower Pier down the Thames – it was supposed to be a “day off” for the crew. A special charter was arranged – most parents joined the ship at Tower Pier and she then ran downstream to the Worcester moorings at Greenhithe – just past the current Dartford Bridge.
During my time on the Worcester we had the Cutty Sark moored alongside so the ferry had the difficult task of squeezing in between her and the Worcester and used the Worcester mooring chains to make fast her lines!
After the prize giving, the majority of cadets proceeded on leave via the Royal Sovereign to London and always surprised the catering staff with their remarkable consumption of items in the High Tea served en route!
GEOFFREY J DUNSTER
21 Brunel Quays
Lostwithiel, PL22 0JB