Friday, 5 October 2007

Boys Orphan Asylum

The Boys Orphan Asylum was opened in the 1860s to provide education for the sons of deceased mariners. The boys were trained to be sailors - to follow in the footsteps of the very profession that killed their fathers. The Asylum had a training ship within its grounds with masts and rigging for the boys to practice on.

Part of the building is now used by a Community Organisation, the rest of it is rapidly falling into disrepair.

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