SEA Shanty Singers Performing At Training Ship History Book Launch

24 May, 2024 | Local, Noticeboard

A LOCAL historian has written an account of the training ships set up in Victorian times to help orphaned and abandoned children.

Viki McDonnell’s book Snatched from Satan will be launched at an event in Greenock featuring two local singing groups.

The training ships were moored at the Gareloch in Victorian times and took the waifs and strays of Glasgow and Greenock’s streets, giving them training and education.

The books title is a phrase used by John Burns, a prominent businessman of the time, who said the children taken from a squalid, poverty-stricken and often crime-filled life were given an opportunity to develop and grow towards a much more hopeful existence.

The book launch is on Saturday 1 June at Greenock Baptist Church, St Andrew Square, between 2 and 4pm.

There will be information providing historical background of the Clyde Training Ships as well as an opportunity to meet the author and ask questions.

The church’s men’s singing group, St Andrew’s Shanty Sangsters, will perform sea shanty songs. Also taking part are The Clydeside Singers.

Robert Pickett, who has helped to organise the launch, said: “It should be a great event and opportunity for the Inverclyde community to come and learn about an almost forgotten but fascinating part of their history.”

Light refreshments will be available; tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches.

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