HQS Wellington and the Wellington Trust

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 Le Havre during 'Operation Cycle' 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

Heritage Evening lectures take place monthly at 18:30 during September to March inclusive. Wardroom bar opens at 17:45.

Admission charges

Heritage Evening lecture donation is £5/person. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Includes lecture donation in each case. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking is required for both lecture and supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 7836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com

For 'A Master Class with Ossie Jones: Marine Art Displayed' on 9th November, a buffet supper at 1830 will precede the master class: £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa. Booking for the combined master class and supper is required. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 7836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com

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

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Covert Operations in the Second World War

  • 13 March 2017

Special operations conducted covertly by sea began soon after the German occupation of Norway in April 1940 and lasted until the end of the Second World War in Europe in May 1945. A number of organisations were created to conduct a range of clandestine operations that linked Britain and other friendly countries with enemy occupied territory in Scandinavia, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East. They were conducted by fast motor boats drawn from Coastal Forces, submarines and a range of craft that could blend in with those being operated by locals in the area of interest. Their various tasks included the insertion and recovery of agents; the rescuing of Allied aircrew; the collection of intelligence from covert ‘mail boxes’ in occupied territory; pre-invasion beach reconnaissance and the landing of Special Forces to carry out clandestine operations behind enemy lines. They had to operate in total secrecy and nearly all operations were conducted on dark nights with no moon. They made a valuable, and largely unrecognised, contribution to the outcome of the war.

A Heritage Evening lecture by Rear Admiral John Lang, this was the Institute of Seamanship's annual lecture in 2015.

John Lang served in both the Merchant and Royal Navies, first going to sea in 1959 with P&O. Transferring to the Royal Navy, he specialised in both submarines and navigation. After He commanding two submarines and a frigate, his last appointment before retiring in 1995 was as Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence in the rank of Rear Admiral.

On leaving the RN, John Lang spent 5 years as the UK’s Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents before devoting himself to voluntary work in the maritime sector. He has been the Chairman of the Shipwrecked Mariners Society, is President of the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO), and a Vice President of the RNLI. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, a younger Brother of Trinity House, and a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. He is also President of the Institute of Seamanship and sits on the Royal Yachting Association’s Yachtmasters Qualification Panel.

Admission

Attendance at the lecture only is £5/person

Wardroom bar opens at 17:45. Lecture begins at 1830 and is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Includes lecture donation in each case. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking by the preceding Thursday is required for both lecture and, if taken, supper. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 7836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com

Website

http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/trust/news?pnum=1

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.

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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