Master Mariners' Court Luncheon

Wednesday 6th March 2019

The Tobacco Pipe Makers' have a long and close relationship with the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and are no strangers to the Company's home, the HQS Wellington. Many a Court Meeting and Dinner have we held on board this unique, floating Livery Hall. Accordingly, accepting the invitation of the Master, Captain Rob Booth, to join him along with other Masters and Clerks was an easy choice.

A very civilised Reception on the quarterdeck primed the assembled party well for what was an excellent lunch. With thirty Masters and Prime Wardens in attendance it was an event that carried significant weight with a mixture of both old and modern Companies ranging from the Grocers (No.2 in order of precedence) to the Hackney Carriage Drivers (No.104), a truly representative body of the Livery movement and a testament to the broad reach of our hosts.

The guests enjoyed the speech of the Principal Guest, Commodore Bob Sanguinetti, UK Chamber of Shipping which was followed by that of the Master, delivered in his signature style of a poem; no doubt a skill developed in the many years at sea.