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.

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The Inverness Sea Cadets were founded in 1938, and adopted on the 9th of May, 1942.

First based in Trinity Church, the base soon moved near to where Cromwell's Citadel had been, which gave the unit the name Training Ship or TS Citadel.

In the late 50s BP wanted to expand their small fuel depot in the area and the Cadets were asked to relocate.
They were given buildings and land at Kessock Farm on the Beauly Firth, where they remain today.

After the move the unit changed its name to TS Briton after the training ship that had been moored in Inverness Harbour for some time.

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