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Industrial School Ship 'Mars', Dundee, Forfar, Scotland

The Training Ship Mars was established in 1869 on the Firth of Tay, at Newport, near Dundee. On September 30th, 1869 the vessel was officially certified as an Industrial School Ship, accommodating up to 400 boys.

Industrial School Ship 'Mars', Dundee, early 1900s. © Peter Higginbotham

In March 1875, a Dundee textile manufacturer donated a sea-going tender, Francis Molison, which provided the boys with experience of practical seamanship. A new tender, Lighting, took over the role in December, 1906.

Like almost all such ships, the Mars had a boys' band.

Industrial School Ship 'Mars' pipe band, Dundee, c.1909. © Peter Higginbotham

On November 13, 1895, an Auxiliary Home for the ship was opened at 219 Penarth Road, Cardiff. The home, which could accommodate 6 boys, was used by former Mars inmates who needed short-term hostel accommodation when their ships docked at the port.

Industrial School Ship 'Mars' former Auxiliary Home, Cardiff, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The Mars was closed in 1929.


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