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The future of Norwich’s ‘big grey boat’ is decided

PUBLISHED: 16:51 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 07:55 21 September 2017

The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The fate of the “big grey boat” that floats on the river Wensum in Norwich has been decided.

The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. Commanding Officer, Kurt Massen, in his office, which used to be the bridge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. Commanding Officer, Kurt Massen, in his office, which used to be the bridge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The TS Lord Nelson is set to be sold next summer as the Norwich Sea Cadets “floating base” is being taken out of commission.

The Norwich Sea Cadets are relocating to an on-shore base due to the group wanting to expand.

Martin Westgate from the Norwich Sea cadets said: “The TS Lord Nelson is coming to the end of its active life and the decision has been taken to move the unit’s HQ to a land based site.”

It will down be to the buyer of the TS Lord Nelson to decide what happens to it next.

The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. The seamanship store on board. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. The seamanship store on board. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Possible suggestions, after it is sold, is being removed from the Wensum and scrapped or turned into a house boat or commercial property like other boats along the river.

This paper has been granted special permission inside for a tour of the TS Lord Nelson which can be viewed above.

The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. The galley which was fitted for the sea cadet's use. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. The galley which was fitted for the sea cadet's use. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. One of the original cabins. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. One of the original cabins. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. Looking through several doorways through the ship. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. Looking through several doorways through the ship. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. The main deck which used to be the engine room. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. The main deck which used to be the engine room. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. Commanding Officer Kurt Massen, left, and vice-chairman Martin Westgate, on the front deck. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. Commanding Officer Kurt Massen, left, and vice-chairman Martin Westgate, on the front deck. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. The rear deck. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. The rear deck. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. One of the original cabins, also used as a classroom, where the top bunks used to be where munitions were stored. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The TS Nelson, home to the Norwich Sea Cadets and the Royal Marine Cadets, which will soon be up for sale and leaving its mooring at Foundry Bridge. One of the original cabins, also used as a classroom, where the top bunks used to be where munitions were stored. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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