The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent, created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.

The tradition of community - based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC - the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.

We work partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector. Our core purpose is to celebrate Britain's maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.

T S Stork was founded in 1997 when local residents realised that the newly built Chiswick Pier and Pier House would make an ideal base for a maritime focused youth organisation. T S Stork was founded as a subunit of Wandsworth unit but quickly came into its own as an independent unit.

T S Stork was named after the naval training ship Stork, which was moored above Hammersmith Bridge by Linden House (currently the home of London Corinthian Sailing Club) from 1921 to 1948.

The cadets take part in a wide range of exciting and challenging opportunities, both waterborne and landbased, provided at the unit and through attending courses at other Sea Cadet facilities. They learn life skills and acquire qualifications (many of which are accredited by other national bodies) whilst making friends and having fun.

They also get involved in their local community through a variety of events. There are regular events at the Pier House held by the Chiswick Pier Trust and annual attendance at Remembrance Day Parade with Chiswick branch of the Royal British Legion. Over the years the unit has also been involved in events organised by groups such as the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships and Trafalgar Way Trust as well as local rowing and sailing clubs.

If the rest of this website makes you want to rise to the challenges offered by Sea Cadets, you are invited to visit the unit on Parade Night to find out more about joining

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