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HQS Wellington, London

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HMS Wellington (launched Devonport, 1934) is a Grimsby-class sloop, formerly of the Royal Navy. During the Second World War, she served as a convoy escort ship in the North Atlantic. She is now moored alongside the Victoria Embankment, at Temple Pier, on the River Thames in London, England, as the headquarters ship of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, where she is known as HQS Wellington. It was always the ambition of the founding members of the company to have a livery hall. Up to the outbreak of war in 1939, various proposals were examined, including the purchase of a sailing ship, Archibald Russell.


After the Second World War, it became apparent that the possibility of building a hall in the City of London had been rendered very remote. In 1947, the Grimsby-class sloop Wellington was made available by the Admiralty. The company decided to buy her with money subscribed by the members and convert her to a floating livery hall, an appropriate home for a company of seafarers.


Since 2014, Wellington has also served as the London postal address of the Flag Institute.
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  • Well worth a visit when an exhibition is on. An important survivor of WW2 and part of our maritime heritage.  more »
  • Believe it or not this is closed on weekends. Ridiculous. Tried looking on their site for opening times and they are not there. Better museums nearby.  more »
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