The Honourable Company of Master Mariners

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HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment

  • Phone: (020) 7836 8179

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners is a City of London Livery Company open to British and Commonwealth Master Mariners from the Merchant and Royal Navies. Its livery hall is the ship HQS Wellington, on board which exhibitions periodically are staged. The current exhibition, War & Trade', explains the role of the Mercantile Marine and Fishing Fleets during the First World War. The HCMM organises the annual Remembrance Day Service at the national Merchant Navy Memorial on Tower Hill to which all are invited: see 'Events'. The HCMM has a number of outports for its members across the UK:- Bristol Channel Outport is centred in Cardiff. Clyde Outport is centred in Glasgow. North East of England Outport meets at various locations between the Humber and Tyne. North East of Scotland Outport is centred in Aberdeen. North West of England Outport is centred in Liverpool.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Current exhibition, 'War & Trade', is open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays and Mondays only from 15th July to 11th November 2018 inclusive. See 'HQS Wellington & Wellington Trust' entry for 'Exhibition' details. Heritage Evening lectures take place monthly at 6.30 pm during the winter. See 'HQS Wellington & Wellington Trust' entry for 'Events' details.


Free admission to the 'War & Trade' exhibition which is supported by the National Lottery and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Heritage Evening lecture admission is £5/person: see 'HQS Wellington & Wellington Trust' entry for 'Events' details.

Travel directions:

Bus: use any of the following services to the Strand for the Victoria Embankment:- 4: Waterloo to Archway 11: Liverpool Street station - Ealing Broadway 15: Trafalgar Square - Romford Market 23: Liverpool Street station - Westbourne Park 26: Hackney Wick - Chingford station 76: Waterloo (Baylis Road)- Northumberland Park station 172: St Paul's Station - Brockley Rise 341: County Hall - Angel Road Superstores Underground: Circle or District line to Temple station DLR: Bank is the nearest station National Rail: Blackfriars, Charing Cross or Waterloo station London River Services: Blackfriars Pier

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