HMS James Cook
HMS James Cook was the designation given to Glen Caladh Castle, also known as Glen Caladh House, during World War II.
The castle had already seen service during World War I, when it was used as a Red Cross convalescent home.
Glen Caladh Castle served as The Beach Pilotage School from 1942 until 1945. The facility provided training in the theory and practice of navigation for landing craft flotillas. The use of James Cook's name was a reference to the huge leaps in navigation skills that the founder of Australia introduced into the Royal Navy, and reflected the task of training the operators of troop landing craft to land their cargoes safely.
Used for practical training, Glen Caladh Harbour lay on the shore just below the house.
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