A STIMULATING SOUVENIR BY COMMODORE RM PURANDARE
(A replica of HMS Trincomalee was presented to the School by Commodore Raghuveer M Purandare, VSM, Principal Director of Personnel, HQ, MOD (N), New Delhi.( Ajeet Roll No: 245, Vijayanagar House) on the occasion of the 44th School Anniversary on 17 Sep 2007)
The Trincomalee was built at Bombay in 1817 from teak. This is now the world’s oldest surviving warship which is still afloat. The Trincomalee was a frigate (war ship protecting other warships and replenishing, patrolling and escourting).It was built by Jamsetjee Bomanjee. On her delivery to England their Lordships of the Admiralty sent Bomanjee a letter of appreciation and a piece of plate.
It is a tribute to the skill and craftsmanship of Jamsetjee Bomanjee Wadia, the master-builder (1756-1821) and workforce of the yard at Bombay in 1817.Her dimensions were 180’x 40’ and of 1447 tons with 38 guns.
It has a towering structure and thundering cannons. Now placed on display in Jackson Dock, Hartlepool, the ship tells the tales of bloody wars and the courage and bravery required to survive on board this majestic vessel.
This souvenir is a great reminder of his visit to the School. The Ajeets in the School are inspired by the most appropriate present. It will surely motivate us all to join a great naval tradition in the world `The Indian Navy`. Sir, Your `present` and the` presence` in ceremonial Naval uniform with the sword, has stimulated us all to don the white uniform.
Ravichandra S Bagali, XII, 3590, Wod