AN apprentice is getting to grips with what might be Hartlepool’s most unique career training.
Ryan Auton, 19, is living the dream of learning a trade on board HMS Trincomalee. And he is making his mark by adding to the sights at the town’s iconic landmark.
The ship has seven gun barrels which have been on site since it returned to town 27 years ago under her former name of Foudroyant.
HMS Trincomalee Trust general manager David McKnight said: “They are not from the ship but they are from the period.
“They are 12lb guns and we have built carriages for them.
“We have deployed them on the quayside and our apprentice, who is doing his Level 3 in Heritage Joubert, built the first couple.”
Ryan, who is into his third year on the ship, is loving his career with a difference.
He said:”It is a great experience and I am learning skills that other people don’t get to learn.”
The former Dyke House School and Hartlepool College of Further Education student, added: “I did nor think this would be what I would be doing but I am glad I am.”
Mr McKnight said: “I am keen that she looks her best all the time. We have painted her with a new painting system and we have painted the entire outer hull with it.
“Over the winter, we did a paint refurbishment and now the team is busy working on the upper decks.”
Anyone wanting to find out more should contact the HMS Trincomalee Trust on (01429) 223193.