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Certified 18th November 1869.  Re-certified in 1905 for 350 boys.

The ship was a 80 gun line-of-battle ship of the same named dating back to 1844.  Tender to the Formidable is the "POLLY" which was certified 27th February 1875.

Capt. R.B. Nicholetts was Superintendent for 16 1/2 years until 1894.

Became shore-based and renamed

Formerly known as training ship "Formidable"

Certified 19th December 1905 for 350 boys in new buildings ashore on the Bristol Channel.

Re-certified 1931 for 225 boys.  From 1933 it became a Senior Approved School.

         Records    PRO 45/9898/B18641    1869-95 - PRO 45/9532/41970  1895

STAFF

1869 - Superintendent Captain Poulden

1872 - Captain superintendent, Lieutenant W. Poulden R.N., first officer; schoolmaster Mr Rice.

1884 - Captain-superintendent, Captain R.B. Nicholetts, R.N., ; chief officer Mr Glasspole; schoolmaster Mr W. Rice.  Mr A.T. Bennett; master for the tender the "Polly"

1891 - Captain-superintendent, Captain R.B. Nicholetts, R.N., ; chief officer Mr Glasspole; chief schoolmaster Mr W. Rice; assistant schoolmasters messrs Davey, Wallis, Reece and Pierce.  The master of the "Polly" training brig Captain Hall.

1893 - Captain-superintendent, Captain R.B. Nicholetts, R.N., ; chief officer Mr Glasspole; chief schoolmaster Mr W. Rice; assistant schoolmasters messrs Davey, Wallis, Reece and Pierce. "Polly" training ship, Captain Hall; clerk Mr Wells.

1900 - Captain superintendent Commander Willoughby E. Still, R.N.,; chief officer Mr Pearce; schoolmaster Mr Howes; assistant schoolmasters, Messrs Davey, F.S. Pearce, G.F. Wallis and D.L. Evans.  The inspector noted " It is with regret that one learns of the illness of Mr John Hall, who has so long and successfully commanded the "Polly".

1902 - Capt. Superintendent Commander Willoughby Edward Still R.N.

1903 - Captain superintendent Commander Willoughby E. Still, R.N.,; chief officer Mr  S.Pearce; Mr Howes, head teacher, left 12th July and was succeeded by Mr W.D. William, 14th August 1902; assistant teachers Messrs E. Davey. G Wallis, F.S. Pearce and A. Evans.  Mr J. Dickens is skipper of the "Polly".