TS Canontein Teign Valley Sea Cadet Unit 609 covers the area of Teignbridge District Council in South Devon situated along the valley of the River Teign from the estuary in the east to Dartmoor in the west.
All Sea Cadet Units are affiliated to the MSSC, however unlike other reconsigned Ministry of Defense Cadet forces, we receive no direct funding and as an independent charity are required to raise all funds and logistics to keep the Unit viable. We do this through a locally constituted Trustee body known as the Unit Management Team (UMT) and work closely with other volunteer staff who join as uniformed or civilian instructors and Unit assistants.
The Unit is named after and closely linked to the Pellew family; the first Viscount Exmouth of Canonteign , Sir Edward Pellew was a famous 18th & 19th century naval officer who became a national hero. He rose to the rank of Vice-Admiral of the Mediterranean fleet during the last years of the Napoleonic wars and then Admiral of the Home fleet until 1822 .
Pellew was a contemporary of Nelson, both were made Admiral of the United Kingdom, an honorary position, the holder being the deputy to the Lord High Admiral, at that time the serving monarch. Pellew lived in Bitton House, the offices of Teignmouth Town Council, where he died in 1833, his country estate, Canonteign, lies in the Teign Valley on the edge of Datmoor and is known a tourist attraction, the present owners support the Unit.
Today Pellew is famous as the Captain of HMS Indefatigable and the mentor of Horatio Hornblower in the books by C.S.Foster, however he commanded the ship in real life; he gained fame as Commodore south west approaches in charge of a frigate squadron at the same time Nelson was Commodore flying his pennant in HMS Agamemnon, the Indefatigables sister ship