Friday, 12 December 2008

1985 Drill Champions

From Cadets

For years Crewe were the Best at Drill, in the District at least. We also knew we could beat the likes of Fleetwood and Holyhead at the annual Area competition at Bury.
To get the "Sore Loser" bit out of the way - Fleetwood and Holyhead were units with a bit more money, which meant They had the best uniforms. My uniform was more like 20 years old, "Hand me down".
We knew we had to come up with something special, in 1985 we did it.
Guard Commander was Ian Hassall - since then he's gone up through the ranks in the Royal Navy and last time I saw him he was LT Commander.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Boat Handling

From Cadets

A large part of the Cadets is based around Water Activities such as Boat Handling...
The standard boat used by all Cadets is an ASC (there are differing accounts of what ASC stands for, but the first version I was ever told was Admiralty Sailing Craft
Boat Handling, in brief, is about Using an ASC with Oars (Pulling) and then Rigging it for Sail.
Crewe Unit were National Champions at this event (although I can't remember what years)

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Where did it all start

From Cadets

Crewe Sea Cadets were formed in 1942, and were originally housed at Bedford Street School, they were later based next door to the Duke Of Bridgewater Pub. Both Buildings nolonger exist.
The Cadets are now in thier own HQ on Queens Street.
They are known as T.S.Ambuscade, named after their Former Affiliated Ship H.M.S. Ambuscade.
The last ship to have that name, was a Type 21 Frigate which is now the P.N.S. Tariq of the Pakistan Navy.