The Library on Wellington
The library onboard the Wellington contains numerous publications on a variety of maritime subjects. This ranges from the complete works of Joseph Conrad to Lloyd’s Register of ships. In addition, there are many ship’s log books, first hand accounts of seafaring and empirical research papers.
These publications may be freely consulted by members of the company and any serious students of maritime matters.
The library also contains a large collection of sextants, chronometers and other maritime instruments and artefacts. In 2005, the Honourable Company lent a number of artefacts to the Museum of Garden History for an exhibition on Captain (later Vice Admiral) Bligh’s epic voyage 3618 mile voyage, following the mutiny onboard the HMAV Bounty.
Treasures on Wellington
The Wellington houses a wide range of beautiful and historic artefacts and treasures onboard. We hold a large collection of ship models which include a large model of HMS Victory, an exquisitely detailed model of the Cutty Sark and a model of a whaler made from whale bone.
Medals won by a number of our members are also displayed. These include two George Cross’ won by Captains GP Stronach and DW Mason and one Victoria Cross won by Captain RB Stanard RN.
The library, in addition to holding a range of unique maritime publications, also houses a collection of maritime instruments. This collection includes a range of antique sextants and octants, telescopes, barometers and chronometers. Of particular importance is a rare Listor & Martins Berlin circular sextant made in Germany in the mid 19th Century and a French Chronometer built by Berthoud and dating from the 1850s.
Upon its creation, the Honourable Company was presented with a range of silver and gold plate from founding members and other, very generous, livery companies.
Our membership should be reassured to know that the Honourable Company employs ship keepers to ensure the security of the treasures outside of office hours in addition to an extensive security system.