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Walking down to the Marina in Ramsgate, you see a beautiful old brick building which has the inscription “The Ramsgate Home for Smack Boys Founded 1881”.

Along the marina front in Ramsgate. Photo by me.

Along the marina front in Ramsgate. Photo by me.

It peaked my interest when I came across it last summer. The next morning, as I was walking back from the sea wall after seeing the sailors off to their race, I went in to the church on the end of the row where there was also a small local art exhibition.

IMG_8655Inside was a sign that explained the building and church in detail.

Photo by me.

Photo by me.

The group of buildings at the end of the dock was a place where sailors, “smack boys”, could spend their days and find refuge after years at sea.

The Sailors' Church. Photo by me.

The Sailors’ Church. Photo by me.

Sailors and Smack Boys and Dunkirk…you get such a strong sense of the British sea culture in Ramsgate everywhere you turn.