Sea Cadets helps teenagers to stretch themselves and become the best they can be. We know what that takes because we've been doing it for over 160 years.

The turbulence of youth

The pressures that young people face are ever-changing, but what remains constant is that the teenage years can be turbulent. Independence is exciting, but also daunting.

For orphans of the Crimean War, sleeping in the back streets of England’s sea ports, life looked bleak. To help them, coastal communities banded together to provide places for sailors to pass on nautical skills and training to give these destitute young people a future. This is how, in 1856, the Naval Lads’ Brigade was born.

Royal patronage

Soon, they were springing up across the country, and in 1899, Queen Victoria marked their importance to young people by becoming Patron, and giving £10 to the Windsor unit for uniforms.

Today, HM The Queen is our Patron and HRH The Prince Andrew Duke of York KG GCVO is our Admiral of the Corps.

Scroll through our gallery to learn more about our rich history....

The unit currently has over 40 boys and girls attending regularly.

In 2012 the Barrow Unit celebrated its 80th Anniversary.

The Unit Headquarters Building

The Unit Headquarters Building was formally opened on 30th April 2005 by Rear Admiral Nick Harris after being converted from the Barrow Island Conservative Club in a project which took 3 years.

The conversion involved a new roof, UPVC windows fitted throughout, complete electrical rewiring, fitting of a heating system, erection of new walls, painting throughout both internally and externally, the laying of carpeting or floor coverings throughout, building of a new armoury with alarms, fire and burglar alarms fitted, new galley, CCTV system and a tannoy speaker system.


The Sir John Fisher Sailing Centre

Is a purpose built sailing establishment for Sea Cadets.  The Centre was built in 1992.  The Centre is owned and operated by the Barrow Sea Cadet Unit.  The Centre is based right on the side of Ramsden Dock and Buccleuch Dock in Barrow in Furness.

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