Membership of the Watermens’ Company is composed of Journeymen and Craft Owning Freemen – the term freemen is used to describe both ladies and gentlemen.
The Freedom of the Company is available as follows-
Apprentices bound to the Company who have qualified for their Boat Master’s Licence (previously the Watermen’s and/or Lightermen’s licence).
Freedom of the Company by Patrimony (without Craft Owning Status).
An applicant’s parent must have been a Freeman of the Company at the date of the applicant’s birth. The relevant form can be obtained from the Assistant Clerk – firstname.lastname@example.org
Craft Owning Freemen
Those not directly involved in working on the River but who would wish to join the Company could be eligible to do so under this category.
The main requirements are –
To have a connection with the Company or the River Thames.You must be prepared to contribute to the Company and its Charities – financially and/or by the giving of your time.
To be a Freeman of the City of London. If you are not already a Freeman of the City of London the Company is able to assist you with this process.
To be sponsored by a Court Member and a Craft Owning Freeman . The Assistant Clerk will be delighted to help with the necessary introductions.
Once an application form has been submitted the next step will be to invite you to meet the Membership Committee for a short interview.
For more information or for an application package please contact the Assistant Clerk on
To download an application package please click on the link below