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.


The History of T.S Galatea


T.S. Galatea came into being in January 2001 after the last of the original Glasgow Units (of which there were 5) closed.

The Unit was started as a satellite unit and began with just two cadets and two members of staff plus a management committee.

The name 'T.S. Galatea' was picked for its connection with the S.V. Glenlee (the Tall ship based at the Riverside Museum and operated by the Clyde maritime Trust) upon which we are based. During its history, the Glenlee had belonged to the Spanish Navy, where it was used as an officer training ship and was called Galatea. The name also has connections with the Royal Navy.  Several HM warships have been called "Galatea" the last being a Leander class frigate (F18) which entered service in 1964, was decommissioned in 1987 and sunk as a target in the North Sea on 21 July 1988.

After going through it's trial period the Unit was fully commissioned into the Sea Cadet Corps as Unit no 629 on the 1st November 2002. At that time the unit had eight cadets and four members of staff.

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