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 the winter.

Admission charges

Heritage Evening lecture admission is £5/person.

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.

'The Fascinating Early Years of Royal Dutch Shell'

  • 14 September 2015 6:30-7:30pm

One of a series of Heritage Evening lectures on board the HQS Wellington

Lecture £5/person.

Wardroom bar opens at 18:00. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking is required for the lecture as well as supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com
http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/trust/news?pnum=1

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'TE Lawrence and the Red Sea Patrol: the Royal Navy's role in creating the legend'

  • 12 October 2015 6:30-7:30pm

One of a series of Heritage Evening lectures on board the HQS Wellington

Lecture £5/person.

Wardroom bar opens at 18:00. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking is required for the lecture as well as supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com
http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/trust/news?pnum=1

A Master Class with Ossie Jones: Marine Art Displayed

  • 9 November 2015 6:30-9:30pm

One of a series of Heritage Evening lectures on board the HQS Wellington.

Lecture £5/person.

Wardroom bar opens at 18:00. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking is required for the lecture as well as supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com
http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/trust/news?pnum=1

'Surgeon on a Troopship'

  • 14 December 2015 6:30-7:30pm

One of a series of Heritage Evening lectures on board the HQS Wellington

Lecture £5/person.

Wardroom bar opens at 18:00. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking is required for the lecture as well as supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com
http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/trust/news?pnum=1

'The History of the five Ark Royals'

  • 11 January 2016 6:30-7:30pm

One of a series of Heritage Evening lectures on board the HQS Wellington

Lecture £5/person.

Wardroom bar opens at 18:00. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking is required for the lecture as well as supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com
http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/trust/news?pnum=1

'Two Hundred Years of Swire and the China Navigation Company'

  • 8 February 2016 6:30-7:30pm

One of a series of Heritage Evening lectures on board the HQS Wellington

Lecture £5/person.

Wardroom bar opens at 18:00. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking is required for the lecture as well as supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com
http://www.thewellingtontrust.com/trust/news?pnum=1

'Refugee Merchant Fleets and the Allied War Effort in World War II'

  • 21 March 2016 6:30-7:30pm

One of a series of Heritage Evening lectures on board the HQS Wellington

Lecture £5/person.

Wardroom bar opens at 18:00. Lecture is followed by optional supper: two courses + glass of wine for £32/person or £27 for a Friend of the Wellington Trust. Membership subscriptions of the Friends start at £50 pa.

Booking is required for the lecture as well as supper if taken. Please contact the Business Manager on (020) 836 8179 or info@thewellingtontrust.com
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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