The Sea Cadet, No. 5, Vol. 2, January 1945

he was confident that the tribute they were endeavouring to pay to the sailor would be supported by the public, and the tangible result would be not only a contribution to the Navy League Fund for Sea Cadets, but also would make known what he might almost call the “Junior Service of the Senior Service ’’to the public. He exp-essed his thanks to all who had made the Exhibition possible. He went onto say that all three Services had been vital to success in the war. All three Services had most thrilling stories to tell, but he thought if they added up the columns of space that were devoted to the deeds of the Navy. Army and Air Force during the war, that the Navy would outcome bottom! In suggesting and organizing the Exhibition, the News Chronicle had felt that the public should know something more of the vigilance of the Royal Navy and the grim struggle carried on by the Merchant Navy over 8.000 miles of sea lanes. There was much that could not be to'd until the seas were finally cleared of enemy craft, and there was much more that could have been shown if they had had more space in the hall! The Directors of the News Chronicle were p'eased to arrange that the gross proceeds of this Exhibition would be overhanded to the Navy League Fund for Sea Cadets. THE FIRST LORD SPEAKS Mr. A.V. Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty, who declared the Exhibition open, said the Navy owed a debt of gratitude to the News Chronicle for staging the Exhibition with the assistance of the Navy League. “Sir Walter has told you.” he said, “that so much of the Navy’s work in this war has been veiled in obscurity. “It is for this reason,” Mr. Alexander went on, “that I welcome the effort made hereto tell our people something of the work of the Royal Navy. We cannot exist for more than a few hours, let alone fight a war. if our lanes of sea communications are severed. The whole effort of the Royal Navy has been to prevent the severing of these vital lanes and to ensure a continual inflow of that vast range of commodities which we require for our war factories, for operating the Armed Forces and for keeping our people in health and strength. “Herein the Exhibition you will see some of the instru­ments of war and how they are worked. It will enab'e you to conjure up a picture of the men-of-war. and if you can imagine at the same time waves breaking over the ice-bound ships in the Arctic, or bombs raining down on the workingmen on the guns, you will begin to get an idea of the life of the sailors of to-day, men who have been ready to dare all, to do all. in order to keep the sea lanes open. ABOUT YOU “Now I must not let this occasion pass without a word about the Sea Cadets. Our interest in the Sea Cadets is avery great one. We look to the Sea Cadet Corps to provide sturdy lads who have acquired a sea sense, and the elements of seamanship, and we will not look in vain. All my reports speak in glowing terms of the smartness, enthusiasm and knowledge of these our young recruits who have had the advantage of training in a Sea Cadet unit. We hope the British Navy will always be able to look to the Sea Cadet Corps to provide them with lads who are imbued with the same ideals and the same strong call to the sea as their fathers and forefathers. I want personally to thank all those who have been responsib'e in any sense for staging this Exhibition. 1 am particularly grateful to the Directors and Management of the News Chronicle for their great help to the Sea Cadet Corps and their promise that the gross re­ceipts of this Exhibition will all togo the funds of the Corps. I hope the example made by the News Chronicle in this respect will be repeated allover the country.” Sir Lionel Ha'sey, Chairman of the Navy League, said that it gave him the greatest pleasure to associate himself with what the First Lord had said about the wonderful generosity of the News Chronicle in making this Exhibition possible. “They could dispense bounty in noway better than they are dispensing it here,” he went on. “It is going to ado tremendous lot of good for the youth of the country. There is amp’e evidence in wa'king round this haH of the extent to which the Admiralty have helped this Exhibition by lending gear and equipment, and as Chairman of the Navy League I want to thank the First Lord and the whole Hoard of the Admiralty and all those who have contributed either directly or indirectly.” A SEAFARING LIFE Sir Algernon Willis, the Second Sea Lord, said that the First Sea Lord asked him to say how very sorry he was that he was notable to be present. “However.” said Sir Alger­ non,“ I am very happy to deputize for him because it does give mean opportunity to say somellvng about the Sea Cadets. The Navy has reaped avery rich dividend from the work of the Navy League in building up a heallhy Sea Cadet orean:zation and Corps which is now maintained at nearly 50000. The Sea Cadets have given to the Navy, and the Merchant Navy, large numbers of young men interested in the sea and seafaring life who already know something about the ways of the sea and ships, and this has been avery important contribution to the expansion of the Navy. Be­sides providing a sea training, the Sea Cadet Corps also helped in getting the youth of the country into the right way of thinking about their responsibilities as citizens which is so important in a democratic country like ours. The Sea Cadets must goon into the times of peace, but the administration and general activities cost money and only apart of that money can be provided from naval funds, so the Navy does depend on the Navy League to provide this money and the Navy League depends on the pub'ic. “lam quite sure the public will flock to this Exhibition and in doing so will contribute to the finest of investments, namely, the training of our youth.” SEA CADET SECTION The public certainly did flock to the Exhibition, and there was nearly always a crowd round the navigation table which had been loaned to the Sea Cadet Section by the St. Clement Danes unit. This unit was also in charge of the sales of TheSe a Cadet magazine and they putin noble work. They sold every spare copy we could lay our hands on! In this section were various models which had been made by units of the London Area, and very fine they were, too. Of the prize-winning models in the competition the follow­ing were made by cadets: Unit Model Cadet Age Date be joined the Winchmore Hill Cutty Sark Hutchins, G.R. 1 8 Unit Feb., ’44 Sunbury and Walton Steam drifter Gilbey, A. J. 1 5 Jan., 43 Kinesbury and Kenton Hardy Seeley 1 6 Feb., '41 Dulwich Tramp steamer. Woods, L. 17 Oct., ’43130
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