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A training ship is a ship used to train students as sailors. The term is especially used for ships employed by navies to train future officers. Essentially there are two types: those used for training at sea and old hulks used to house classrooms.
The hands-on aspect provided by sail training has also been used as a platform for everything from semesters-at-sea for undergraduate oceanography and biology students, marine science and physical science for high school students, and character building for at-risk youths.
In the Sea Cadet Corps all Units are prefixed T.S followed by the ship's name, e.g Preston Sea Cadets ships name is T.S Galloway. The prefix is used as the Sea Cadets is not part of the navy, paramilitary or pre-service and cannot be prefixed HMS
Notable training ships
- Exmouth (2)
- Indefatigable (1914–)
- Lion (1871–) including adjacent "Implacable"
- St Vincent
- ARBV Simón Bolívar (BE-11) of the Venezuelan Navy
- Nautilus of the Spanish Navy
- Galatea of the Spanish Navy
- Juan Sebastián Elcano of the Spanish Navy
- Esmeralda of the Chilean Navy
- The first Gorch Fock of the Kriegsmarine.
- The second Gorch Fock of the Bundesmarine.
- Sagres II of the Portuguese Navy.
- Sagres III of the Portuguese Navy.
- Cisne Branco of the Brazilian Navy
- Eagle of the United States Coast Guard.
- Suomen Joutsen of the Finnish Navy.
- Mircea of the Romanian Navy
- Amerigo Vespucci of the Italian Navy
- Libertad of the Argentine Navy
- Kaliakra of the Bulgarian Navy.
- Gajabahu of the Sri Lankan Navy
- Philomel of the New Zealand Navy
- Cuauhtémoc of the Mexican Navy
- ARC Gloria of the Colombian Navy
- Christian Radich of Oslo, Norway
- Herzogin Cecilie, Germany
- Belem, France
- Kruzenshtern of Kaliningrad, Russia
- Khersones, Ukrainia
- Mir of St.Petersburg, Russia
- Sedov of Murmansk, Russia
- Sørlandet of Kristiansand
- Statsraad Lemkuhl of Bergen, Norway
- T.S. Dolphin Leith, UK 1924 to 1977 http://www.allatsea.cx/dolphin.html
- T.S. Dufferin (IMMTS Dufferin,1927) of Bombay, India
- T.S. Rajendra, 1972, Bombay, India
- T.S. Chanakya, 1994, Navi Mumbai, India
- S.S. John W. Brown, New York, New York Board of Education (Liberty Ship)
- S.S. Twin Falls, New York, New York Board of Education (Victory Ship)
Sail Training Vessels:
- Dar Młodzieży
- Irving and Exy Johnson
- Lady Washington
- Picton Castle
- Stavros S Niarchos (ship)
- Tole Mour
- PRS James Randolph, an interplanetary spacecraft parked in Earth orbit in Robert A. Heinlein's novel, Space Cadet
- USS Republic (NCC-1371), a starship referred to in Star Trek
- Betty Jeanne, in the novel Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.
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