History of the ship 'Vindicatrix'
Her history was researched in depth and fully by Roy Dereham MBE, the Life President of the TSVA (see the book 'Vindicatrix' prior to
founding the Association. For the first time, we have the true and
accurate story of her life, and have been able to lay to rest all those
yarns we were told whist training, and which became accepted as
gospel over the years.
Vindicatrix was British built, and sailed under the Red Ensign for the first 17 years of her life; sold to a German firm, she became a hulk
and then an accommodation ship for U-boat officers. After WW1,
she as repossessed and given to the Shipping Federation;
She sat in London docks, until she became a training ship for boys
in 1939 at Sharpness.