Court Lunch with The Honourable Company of Master Mariners

Wednesday 20th March 2013

Maybe it was because we were on the only floating Livery Hall but for some reason, according to Captain John Freestone, Master Master Mariner, there were 35 Masters and Prime Wardens and 37 Clerks at the Lunch. On Budget Day, the long predicted increase in the rate of inflation may be beginning to work its way into the system.

HQS Wellington, where we will hold our Installation Court and Lunch on Wednesday June 5th to take advantage of the good smoking facilities on the deck, has been at Temple Steps on the Victoria Embankment since December 1948. It's quite goose-bumpy to have lunch on a ship that escorted over 100 convoys and rescued hundreds of survivors in the Eastern Atlantic during the Second World War.

Many Masters and Prime Wardens played a part in last year's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, but John topped them all by piloting The Spirit of Chartwell during the River Pageant with Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family on board.