Although the Jerwood Foundation is primarily focused on the visual and performing arts and on an older age group, the commitment to education in the wider sense and an important contribution to the well-being of a large number of young people, made the training ship a relevant proposition.
A capital grant of £1,216,700 was made by the Foundation towards the Sea Cadets’ new off-shore power training vessel, after their two existing training vessels had been decommissioned. TS John Jerwood was officially named at a ceremony in September 2002 by Karen Grieve in the presence of Vice Admiral Sir Peter Spencer KCB ADC, then the Second Sea Lord and Commander in Chief Naval Home Command.
TS John Jerwood is used as part of the Sea Cadets’ training programme for 12-18 year olds which teaches teamwork and social responsibility through a range of activitie based on seamanship and maritime skills. The 24 metre vessel gives power boat experience to trainees, a crucial part of their naval instruction.
Northern Ireland Sea Cadets on board TS John Jerwood, 2014. Photo: Neal Somerville
Photo: Alex Mercer Scott