In 2014 the Company celebrated the 500th anniversary of that Act.
Under a further Act of 1555 the Company introduced apprenticeships for those wishing to learn the skills of the Watermen. In 1700 the Lightermen (carriers of goods/cargo) joined the Watermen’s Company.
The Company is a working guild and is still actively involved with the life of the River and those who work on it.
The Master and Wardens for 2016/2017
From left to right Junior Warden Dr Iain Reid , Senior Warden Mr Simon McCarthy, The Master John Salter, Junior Wardens Mr Tony Maynard and Mrs Gina Blair.
The Master, Mr John Salter, afloat.
The Court has elected Richard D Turk as a new Court Assistant. The Court has appointed Craft Owning Freemen Graham Barnard and Brian Lamden as Honorary Court Assistants for a term of three years. The Court has admitted Olympians Dame Katherine Grainger DBE and Lt Pete Reed MBE as Honorary Craft Owning Freemen. The Court … read more
The Company has commissioned the building of a new barge to compete in the Thames Barge Driving Trust events. This will give apprentices the opportunity to train to navigate a barge under oars. Funds for the cost of the barge have been raised by donations from Members of the Court. The Master recently visited South … read more