A change occurred in 1914 when the training ship TS.WELLESLEY was destroyed by fire, although all boys were brought ashore safely to reside until 1918 in the TYNEMOUTH PALACE (later renamed Plaza) on a temporary basis.
The postcard depicts the boys and officers of the establishment in residence at the Tynemouth palace,posing in front of a board depicting their contribution to the war effort by the number of grommit's made for the ammunition department from 1915-1916.
An appeal was launched and raised £22,000 which allowed the school to take over the World War One submarine base at Blyth where it has been based since - apart from a period from the Second World War when the school evacuated to Hamsterley Forest in County Durham.However, after much consideration it was decided by Sunderland that the home would be closed; Wellesley officially closed its doors on 6 November 2006.
POSTCARD, published by Auty,Tynemouth,not postally used,Good condition .
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