Dutch sea cadets to dock at Southend Pier

Published Thursday, 18th July 2019

Dutch sea cadets vessel TS Zeefakkel

The Mayor of Southend will welcome sea cadets from The Netherlands and Belgium when they stop off at Southend next week.

The cadets from Hellevoetsluis near Rotterdam – bolstered by cadets from North Belgium - are scheduled to stop off in their 45m training vessel, the TS Zeefakkel, at Southend Pier from 21 to 24 July en route to Cowes (Isle of Wight). They will treat Southend Sea Cadets and the town’s mayor to sailings while they are here.

The TS Zeefakkel is a former Dutch Royal Navy mapping ship which was first gifted to the cadets in January 2000 and become their property in January 2005.

Cllr John Lamb, The Worshipful The Mayor of Southend, said: “As an former Naval Reserve Officer and as someone who used to teach Sea Cadets, I am delighted to have the privilege of welcoming these young mariners to our town.

“It is a marvellous opportunity for our own Sea Cadets in Southend to experience driving an impressive naval vessel that has seen active service.

“I wish all involved the best of luck and hope that new friendships are made and fostered for many years to come.”