I read with interest the entries regarding Ganges, which set me thinking that there must be a plethera of ex St.Vincent boys on the forum. After all, if you entered as a boy seaman in the old days you either went to one or the other. I joined up at St.Vincent on January 7th 1963, and stayed there until Iwas drafted to Collingrad for greenie training in December. There are great similarities between Ganges and St.Vincent routines, and whilst the mast at St.Vincent wasn't quite as high as the one at Ganges, it was just as imposing when you had to climb it for the first time! The winter of 1963 was particularly severe, and I remember snow being on the ground on the day we first scaled the mast. The "safety net" would have been about as much use as a chip slicer had anyone fallen onto it! If there's any interest from other former St.Vincent boys, I'd be willing to post some memories of my time there, but I don't want to bore everyone if there isn't!