Poors Compassionate Allowance

The Trustees of the Watermen’s Company Poors Fund were delighted this year to be able to increase the amount given at Christmas to those on the Compassionate List. This is thanks to the generosity of all those Freemen who pay quarterage. We know how much this means to those who received the annual allowance from … read more


New Vicar for All Hallows by the Tower

The Bishop of London has appointed The Rev’d Katherine Hedderly as the new Vicar of All Hallows. Katherine is currently an Associate Vicar for Ministry at St Martin in the Fields, where she leads the day-to-day worship and liturgical programme and operational life of S Martin’s and is responsible for the pastoral care, oversight of … read more


Crossings on the River

New Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf Crossing  A consultation has taken place regarding a new bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf for cyclists and pedestrians. The next phase commences later this year, when stakeholders will be consulted once again. Watermen will be concerned about the impact a bridge would have on river traffic and navigation on … read more


Visiting Watermen’s Hall

We are now taking reservations for guided tours of Watermen’s Hall for March and April 2019. Each 1.5 hour tour includes expert guidance on the history, artifacts and memorabilia of the Company and its Georgian Hall, and is followed by light refreshments. Tours normally take place on a Monday and and are for parties of … read more


Annual National Service for Seafarers

This annual Service was started by Capt. R. Hubbard in 1905 when he suggested in a letter to newspapers that on the centenary of the death of Nelson it would be a fitting occasion for the inauguration of an annual seamen’s service at St Paul’s. Some 113 years later the Annual National Service for Seafarers … read more


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 the Company’s objectives. The result was a new fund, to … read more


State Visit from The Netherlands

The Royal Watermen were on duty for the recent State Visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands. The Watermen assembled in the Royal Mews before boarding the carriages to pick up the VIPs on Horseguards’ Parade and on to Buckingham Palace. Royal Watermen perform this duty to replicate the time when the … read more


Henley Sculling Camp

This year’s Sculling Camp was held on 28-29 September., starting with a curry supper on the Friday night aboard one of Past Master John Salter’s boats. Rowing and training followed at Upper Thames Rowing Club on the Saturday and Sunday, with dinner on the Saturday night at the Red Lion Hotel. The Master, Dr Iain Reid … read more


Court of Bindings

The Court will next sit on 14 January 2019 Any Freeman interested in apprenticing a young person training to become a Waterman and Lighterman should contact Kelly Lesurf, our Training Administrator,. 22 June 2018 The following apprentices and trainees were bound: Reiss Ballard, Noah Barker, Scarlett Barnett-Smith, Ben Brookes, Niall Carroll, Orlando Clarke, Connor Colclough, Thomas Costin, … read more


Woolwich Ferry New Names

The two  new state of the art boats are being delivered  to the Woolwich Ferry next year have now  been official named- They are to be called the Ben Woollacott, after the former desk hand who died whilst working on the ferry  in 2011 and the Dame Vera Lynn, the legendary singer from the East … read more


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