Morgenster Sailing Training Ship

Twenty apprentices and trainees joined the sail training ship Morgenster at Greenwich Pier and took part in a variety of activities including going aloft, venturing out on the bowsprit and setting sails. After sailing through Tower Bridge we moored on Tower Pier where representatives from the PLA, MCA, LRS as well as many Thames operators … read more

The Ceremony of Beating the Bounds

Beating the Bounds dates back to medieval times, when each parish reaffirmed their boundaries by  processing to each boundary mark and beating them with wands whilst praying for their crops. Every Ascension Day  the clergy  of All Hallows by the Tower, with students of St Dunstan’s College, participate in Beating the Bounds. In addition  members … read more


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and will become law on 25th May 2018. The GDPR updates data protection to reflect the digital age. This also brings in new rights for ‘data subjects’ and new obligations for any organisation acting as processors or controllers. The Company of Watermen … read more

H M The Queen’s Barge Master

Past Master Chris Livett has been appointed as Barge Master to  H M the Queen from January 2018. Chris comes from a long line of barge and tug captains and is the seventh generation of his family to be involved in the River. He is managing director of the Livett’s Group, Chris was Master of … read more

Annual Apprentices Barge Driving Race (postponed from Oct 17)

The Annual Apprentice Barge Race (postponed from October 2017) took place on Sunday 29 April 2018 over the traditional 7-mile gruelling course between Greenwich… and Westminster. Race Results 4th place – Benjamin 1.48:05 3rd place – Balfour 1.45:36 2nd place – Shell Bay 1.43:17 1st place – Apprentice Lighterman 1.41:50 (inclusive of a 10 minute … read more

April Court Meeting

At the Court meeting held on 4th April 2018  Senior Warden Dr Iain Reid was elected as Master of the Company for the forthcoming year commencing 11th July 2018. Also admitted as Craft Owning Freemen were Charles Montlake, Robert Cottrell and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE, RE* The Master’s Chair was returned in time for the … read more

Journeymen Freemen – the PQ’s

February 2018 To Journeymen Freemen The Postquincentennial Fund  aka “The PQs” In 2016, the Court decided to wind up the very successful 500 Club: the group of Freemen whose donations had financed the company’s 500th Anniversary celebrations. However, a number of those Freemen indicated that they were keen to continue making voluntary contributions to support … read more

Training Reminders

TRAINING REMINDERS Interested in being Bound The next Court of Bindings is on 22 June 2018, please call Kelly Lesurf on 0207 283 2373 or email to receive an application pack. ..Already Bound Our Training Officer, Craft-Owning Freeman Alex Hickman runs a monthly open training surgery at Watermen’s Hall. The next 2 surgeries are … read more

Apprentices and Trainees River Trip – 14th March

What a fantastic day laid on by Danny and John Collier, with the Clifton Castle. We left Westminster Pier with a record number of apprentices and trainees for a day in the upper reaches. We managed to get beyond Teddington Lock (into Category B waters for a short time) for the benefit of those that … read more

Annual Dinner

The Company’s Annual Dinner was held at Fishmongers’ Hall on the 20th February 2018. The Master, Mr Simon McCarthy welcomed all Freemen and their guests  and thanked the Fishmongers’ Company for allowing the use of their Banqueting Hall.  After a short ‘state of the Company’ address the Master welcomed the Principal Guest  Rt. Hon. John Hayes … read more

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