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


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


A Message from The Master

It is an immense honour and privilege to be elected to serve as the 192nd Master of the Company. Introduction to the Master – Dr. Iain Reid My link with the Thames started when I began to row, aged twelve, from the Emanuel School boathouse at Barnes Bridge – and where I first learned to … read more


Quarterly Court – Admittance of New Freemen

The Master and his Wardens pictured in the Court Room At the Court meeting held on 9th January 2019 the following attended to take their Oath to the Company and be admitted as Craft Owning Freemen – Robert Lee,Robert Pinckley,Jason Gray and John French and Freeman Louis Pettifer. At the meeting of the Court of … read more


Sheriffs’ Rowing Challenge

Sheriffs’ Rowing Challenge – 18th September 2018 The Master welcomes the Watermen’s crew at the finish: Craft Owning Freemen Chris Gooderidge, Derek Whyatt, Sue Perry-Whitehead (passenger), Nick Paul (cox) Tony Bull (leader) & Philip Foster, Past Master Jeremy Randall and Geoff Probert (Phyllis Court Rowing Club).


Great River Race

Great River Race – Saturday, 8th September 2018  The bargemaster, Robert Coleman, assembled a crew to row the “Jim Holt” consisting of: Ben Bartlett, Daniel Bartlett, Daisy Bartlett, Ben Gliniecki, Nathan Evans, JP O’Donnell  


Port of London Challenge – 9th July 2018

Port of London Challenge – 9th July 2018 The bargemaster, Robert Coleman, put together a crew of apprentices: Max Carter Miller, Lucas Ansbro-Bennett, Mathew Brookes, Billy Welsh, Lucas Britton, Robert Coleman, Cox: Sam Miles, Passenger: Max Bennett (Lucas brother, not bound) who all acquitted themselves admirably.  


Thames Historic Barge Driving Race – 30th June 2018

The Thames Barge Driving Race was held on the 30th June. It was  a very exciting race, with one of the closest finishes  for some time. On the River were many following boats and  crowds of excited spectators cheering from the  bridges en route. This was the second year for the Company Barge – Apprentice Lighterman … read more


Doggett’s Blazer

The Company’s Rowing Officer, Immediate Past Master and Doggett’s winner Simon McCarthy is delighted to announce the launch of the Doggett’s Blazer, available to any competitor who has completed the course. Designed by Rowing Blazers of New York, each blazer will be bespoke at a cost of £250 plus £32.50 for the hand made pocket … read more


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