Massey Shaw Education Trust 

Massey Shaw Education Trust A former London Fire Brigade fireboat and Dunkirk Little Ship, the ‘Massey Shaw’ was saved from dereliction by a group of enthusiasts who restored her in 2008, with the help of a Heritage Lottery Grant. The Massey Shaw Education Trust relies on qualified volunteers to crew and skipper her on river outings and occasionally further afield … read more

Tudor Pull

Tudor Pull – 13th May 2018 The Bargemaster, Robbie Coleman, coxed a crew of apprentices who rowed the Master & Mistress, Simon & Sally McCarthy and Pam Coleman, from Hampton Court to the Tower of London in the Company’s shallop “Lady Mayoress”.  The crew comprised of apprentices Max Carter-Miller, Patrick Marr Johnson and Lucas Ansbro-Bennett, … read more

Court of Bindings 22nd June 2018

A Court of Bindings will be held on Friday, 22nd June. Any Freeman interested in apprenticing a young person training to become a Waterman and Lighterman should contact Kelly Lesurf at

Examining Committee 27th June

An Examining Committee will be held on 27th June. Any apprentice or trainee who has or will shortly complete their time is invited to be examined for the Freedom of the Company. Please contact Kelly Lesurf at to make an appointment to talk to our Training Officer, Alex Hickman about what’s involved or request … read more

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

Data Protection Changes

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act 1998  and became 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 and … 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

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