About the Wellington

The historic ship HQS Wellington is the last surviving member of the Grimsby Class of sloops which served the nation with much distinction in World War Two. She has been moored on the Thames since 1948 during which time she has been the home of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, a City of London Livery Company.

Today she is part floating museum, library as well as being a unique conference and dining venue. Tours of the library and museum are available on request and these are provided by highly experienced and knowledgeable Master Mariners.

The Wellington Trust is the charitable body which took over the ownership of the Wellington in 2005 in order to ensure the preservation of the ship for the nation. Its specific and primary aims are:

  • Restoration, maintenance and preservation of the ship
  • Education of the public in the history and traditions of the British Merchant Navy

Chief Executive of the Wellington Trust: Commodore Angus Menzies RN
Patron: HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO