• Welcome to the Shipwrights

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  • The City of London

    The Company is one of 108 Livery Companies in the City of London and Liverymen each have a vote for the election of the Lord Mayor more

  • Charity

    The Shipwrights’ principal focus is naturally on maritime or waterborne charities, projects, and activities throughout the United Kingdom || more >>

  • Education

    The Company focuses on promoting and supporting education and youth development programmes in the maritime area || more >>


Welcome to The Shipwrights

What we do

The original purpose of the Company 700 years ago was to safeguard the quality of shipbuilding in London.  This continues today with the presentation of annual awards of excellence.
The Company maintains its strong links to the maritime and marine sectors, with which all Liverymen must have connections.  The Shipwrights' Company has a strong philanthropic purpose and donates annually to maritime related causes, individuals, charities and companies.
Liverymen vote in the annual elections of the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs and all members of the Company enjoy a full programme of activities including dinners, visits, social events and informal gatherings.

Find out more about The Shipwrights

  • Company

    Find out all about the Shipwrights, its history and its present day roles

  • Charity

    Learn about the Shipwrights' charitable donations and how to apply

  • Education

    The Shipwrights plays a significant role in promoting the education of young people.


About Us

The Company comprises some 450 Liverymen and 250 Freemen. Membership is confined to those with a close involvement in maritime affairs.Court members and Liverymen serve on the Finance, Education and Charities, Nominations, Wine and Fundraising committees.
The Company supports the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, the Tall Ships Youth Trust, the Jubilee Sailing Trust and Ocean Youth Trust (Scotland).   It links to education include providing support to George Green's School in Tower Hamlets, the London Nautical School in Lambeth, Newcastle University, the University of Southampton and the University of Strathclyde University. The Shipwrights' Company is affiliated to HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and has close links with HMS SULTAN.
Company teams participate in inter-livery and social competition for golf, yachting, shooting and skiing.
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Latest News

Mr Simon Kverndal QC - The Prime Warden 

22 April 1958 - 14 June 2020

It is with the greatest sadness that the Shipwrights' Company announces the death of Mr Simon Kverndal QC, the Prime Warden, who died on 14 June 2020 following a long illness that was very bravely fought.  Simon was a shipping barrister with Quadrant Chambers, an expert in all aspects of maritime litigation and arbitration and he took silk in 2002.  Simon had been a Shipwright for thirty-seven years and joined the Court in 1999.  He was installed as Prime Warden on 16 April 2020 and followed his father, Ole Kverndal, who had served as Prime Warden from 1995-96.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.