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.

My name is Michelle Blackburn. I joined Sea Cadets as a Junior in 1995 worked my way through the cadet ranks until I turned 18. At that age I was still enjoying it so I decided to become a staff member. I took various qualifications which allowed me to pass on the skills that I had learned as a cadet to others. I am  happy to be part of a team that works together to make sure that every cadet is looked after and has serious fun while they are part of The Sea Cadets.Michelle Blackburn Officer In Charge 

I have now  become CO (Commanding Officer) of Harrogate Unit and I always look forward to working with my staff, cadets and management team to help each and every cadet enjoy their time at T.S. Cleopatra. When you look at this website you will see all the many opportunities that Sea Cadets offer and if you are thinking of joining can I encourage you now to get in contact with us (contact page, telephone or writing) and find out how soon you can join!


We have been based in Harrogate for over 40 years and despite the the fact that we are about as far from the Sea as you can get we have very good boating facilities at Farnham Lakes. There we have a fleet of Toppers, RS Quests and a Bosun, 2 types of rowing boat and a safety boat with a powerful outboard motor. The Unit also has a very active drum and bugle band which are regularly seen leading the parade at Rememberance Sunday, playing at Charity events and taking part in The International Youth Festival of music. Cadets also have the opportunity for Expedition training and spending a week on any one of the Sea Cadet Offshore fleet which comprises 2 motor launches, 2 36 foot Bermuda sailing boats and the flagship TS Royalist which is a square rigger where you have to climb the masts to rig the sails. As an added incentive to join if you already hold qualifications in sailing, kayaking, first aid or music these can be transferred over to Sea Cadet recognised qualifications which help with promotion to a higher rank!

The fleet at Farnham


The Band in Harrogate


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