HQS Wellington and the Wellington Trust

HQS Wellington and the Wellington Trust
HQS Wellington
Temple Stairs
Victoria Embankment
London
WC2R 2PN

Website

www.thewellingtontrust.com

E-mail

info@thewellingtontrust.com

Telephone

(020) 7836 8179

Fax

(020) 7240 3082

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A large ship painted white
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Launched in 1934, the HQS Wellington is the last surviving member of the Royal Navy's Grimsby class of sloops. After 4 years of duty in the South Pacific, the ship served with distinction in the Second World War. As well evacuating troops from Dunkirk during 'Operation Dynamo' in 1940 and taking part in the Allied landings in North Africa in 1942, 'Operation Torch', the then HMS Wellington steamed some 240,000 miles on 103 convoy escort operations during the Battle of the Atlantic. Lasting from 1939 to 1945, this was the longest continuous campaign of the War. On convoy duty, the ship rescued more than 450 Merchant Navy seamen and shared the credit for sinking a U-boat.

The Wellington has been moored on the Thames since 1948 as the home of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, a City of London Livery Company. A museum and library in addition, the ship is also a unique conference, wedding and dining venue. Tours of the library and museum are available on request and provided by highly knowledgeable Master Mariners.

HQS Wellington is on the National Historic Ships UK register.

Venue Type:

Ship or maritime heritage site, Library, Museum

Opening hours

The exhibition, 'Hospital + Troop Ships', is open to the public from 11:00 to 17:00 on Sundays and Mondays only from 1st March to 25th May 2015. For details, see 'Exhibitions'.

Heritage Evening lectures take place monthly at 18:30 during the winter: see 'Events'.

Admission charges

Free admission to the 'Hospital + Troop Ships' exhibition which is supported by the National Lottery and the Heritage Lottery Fund. See 'Exhibitions'.

Heritage Evening lecture admission is £5/person: see 'Events'.

Getting there

Bus: use any of these services to the Strand for the Victoria Embankment:-
4 Archway station - Waterloo
6 Willesden (Bus Garage) - Aldwych
9 Heathrow Terminal 5 - Aldwych
11 Ealing Broadway - Liverpool Street station
13 North Finchley - Aldwych
15 Romford Market - Trafalgar Square
23 Westbourne Park - Liverpool Street station
26 Hackney Wick - Waterloo
76 Tottenham Hale - Waterloo (Baylis Road)
87 Kingston - Aldwych
172 Brockley Rise - St Paul's station
341 Angel Road Superstores - County Hall

Underground: Circle or District line to Temple station.

DLR: nearest station is Bank.

National Rail: Blackfriars, Charing Cross or Waterloo station

London River Services: Blackfriars or Embankment pier.

Historic charts, silver and gold, ship models, paintings and maritime artefacts.

Collection details

Maritime, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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'Hospital + Troop Ships'

  • 27 April 2015 11am-5pm
  • 3 — 4 May 2015 11am-5pm
  • 10 — 11 May 2015 11am-5pm
  • 17 — 18 May 2015 11am-5pm
  • 24 — 25 May 2015 11am-5pm
  • 31 May 2015 11am-5pm

The need in the First World War to transport troops from Britain, its Empire and allies to fronts around the world and bring home the wounded was met by the Mercantile Marine, its ships and their crews.

Displayed in the exhibition together with film; photos; paintings; large-scale ship models; uniform; medals; surgical instruments; ships’ fittings and more, are extracts of the diary of Kathleen 'Kitty' Mann.

THE DARDENELLES and GALLIPOLI

From serving in a Brighton military hospital as a member of the Territorial Force Nursing Service, in July 1915 Kitty left with other nursing sisters on HMHS Salta for the eastern Mediterranean to nurse and evacuate casualties from the first Gallipoli landings, subsequently transferring to two Australian hospital ships, HMAT Ulysses and Marathon. After home leave and now as Matron of the hospital ship HMHS Devanha, Kitty again sailed for the Dardenelles in October 1915. Her diary tells of dealing with casualties during the Allied withdrawal which began in December 1915 following the failure of the Gallipoli campaign in which some 44,000 Allied troops were killed and 97,000 wounded. Enemy casualties are estimated as 86,000 dead and 167,000 wounded.

Coming home in HMHS Britannic in October 1916, Kitty’s return to civilian life was short-lived since she joined Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve as a Sister and embarked for France on 16th June 1917, serving until demobilised on 26th July 1919.

Open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays* and Mondays only from 1st March to 25th May 2015 inclusive.

*In honour of the Gallipoli centenary and ANZAC Day, the exhibition will be open on Saturday 25th April (11 am to 5 pm) when there will be 3 commemorative ceremonies in London: a Dawn Service at Hyde Park Corner, a service at The Cenotaph and a service at Westminster Abbey. ‘Hospital + Troop Ships’ will be closed on Sunday 26th April because of the London Marathon, reopening on Monday 27th April.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Website

http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/heritage/home

Getting there

Bus: use any of these services to the Strand for the Victoria Embankment:-
4 Archway station - Waterloo
6 Willesden (Bus Garage) - Aldwych
9 Heathrow Terminal 5 - Aldwych
11 Ealing Broadway - Liverpool Street station
13 North Finchley - Aldwych
15 Romford Market - Trafalgar Square
23 Westbourne Park - Liverpool Street station
26 Hackney Wick - Waterloo
76 Tottenham Hale - Waterloo (Baylis Road)
87 Kingston - Aldwych
172 Brockley Rise - St Paul's station
341 Angel Road Superstores - County Hall

Underground: Circle or District line to Temple station.

DLR: nearest station is Bank.

National Rail: Blackfriars, Charing Cross or Waterloo station

London River Services: Blackfriars or Embankment pier.

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