harryaitch said:Greenie said:Yep , I was a posh St Vincent junior. Did a trip to Ganges with the St. Vincent swimming team. Preferred St Vincent -- the mast was a lot smaller!!
I understand that St.Vincent was a mixed adult-Junior training establishment. Were the adult trainees forced to go over the mast or was it reserved as character training for the Juniors?
Regarding St.Vincent having a less fearsome reputation to Ganges, I thought that was because having adults training there as well made the sort of treatment sometimes meted out by a few (power crazed) NCOs less likely/more unacceptable. I also understand this was the reason that inmates were not caned as they were at Ganges. It was a pity then that Ganges was not mixed like St.Vincent - especially for the "deserters" who could not cope with the regime :cry: in the days before the Donaldson Report when they could not leave after a few months training (was it 6 months?)
I don't know why, but I just feel very depressed after writing these lines!