The Shipwrights fielded two teams this year at this very popular and hugely competitive event, which takes place at the Holland & Holland shooting ground.  Over 480 Liverymen took part in this year’s competition, which took place over two days at this splendid shooting ground.  The weather conditions were excellent, and the organisers coped well with navigating the current Covid restrictions.  About 120 Livery teams (4 per team) were entered this year, and I am pleased to report that Shipwrights A team came 25th with a very respectable total score of 250.  The Shipwrights B team managed 43rd place with a score of 223.  All the Shipwrights achieved very respectable individual scores, but the laurels must go to our Top Gun, Nicholas Marshall, who shot 52 out of 82, and came 20th = in the Individual Scores.

The event is inevitably dominated by the Gunmakers who field several teams of professional guns, closely followed by the Mercers, Butchers and Farmers.  The pro’s are disappointed if they miss any!  Against such competition our teams performed well.  I attach some photos of the event.  Note the Livery gilets and caps kindly organised by Archie Bishop and Niall Denholm!

I am also pleased to report that Nicholas Marshall has agreed to take over the Captaincy of the Shipwrights team.  Nick’s enthusiasm for the sport bodes well for the future.

Nick Phillips.

Shipwrights’ A Team: Rupert Bathurst, Nick Marshall, Nicholas Phillips (Captain) & Andrew Bathurst.

Shipwrights’ B Team: Simon Tatham, Brian Rolfe, Keith Sutcliffe & Simon Crawford.

The Shipwrights’ Teams at the Inter-Livery Clay Shoot 2021


Last year the Shipwrights’ Company assisted Portsmouth Sail Training Trust (PSTT) with a grant to help them get young people back out on the water.  PSTT reports that it has been a tricky 6 months with the various lockdowns causing them to halt the programme. However, they were able to restart in April and have already seen many new skills gained and developed.  The PSTT report on how the Shipwrights’ funding has helped the young people they support can be found here.

In October 2020 the education and Charity committee awarded £1,000 to Roseland Youth Sail Training Trust to give 20 children the opportunity to receive 6 sailing lessons each.  Many of these children suffer from multiple deprivation and would not normally have the opportunity to sail.  The Trust’s spring newsletter can be found here.

The Shipwrights’ Company is proud to be onboard as a Supporting Organisation for London International Shipping Week 2021 from 13 – 17 September 2021.   Details of this must-attend event can be found here.


Congratulations to Ellis Bell from Spencer Rigging who has been selected as the first Kverndal apprentice.  The first year of Ellis’s apprenticeship will be funded by the money raised in memory of the late Simon Kverndal, the Shipwrights’ Company’s Prime Warden’s who died in June 2020.   The funding was generously raised and donated by so many of Simon’s family, friends and fellow members of the Livery.  A short piece on Ellis can be found at the following link: Ellis Bell, Spencer Rigging – Simon Kverndal Apprentice 2020-21

I hope 2021 finds you and the Company as well as can be expected in the circumstances.  Please find here an update on our activities in 2020 and our future plans for 2021 which I hope will be of interest.

Our inability to sail in 2020 has of course caused difficulties in distributing your funding to young people. However, we are pleased to share that we have been able to allocate one bursary to a 16 year old young woman from West Yorkshire, who has booked onto a voyage from Leith to London in August this year. Whilst we have a preference to support young people from London with your funds, when writing her application for bursary funding she said:

“I am considering a career at sea so view this as a great opportunity to gain insight into the career and life at sea. As someone new to sailing, I will have to learn a wide range of technical skills in a short period of time, as well as dealing with potential issues such as adverse weather and equipment failure. I will also have to learn to adapt to work with a variety of different people and spend extended periods with them while onboard.”

For this reason we have allocated her funding from your grant, and I look forward to being able to update you on her experience later this year. We are hopeful that the increasing availability of the COVID-19 vaccine will create a surge in new bookings later in the year, which will hopefully coincide with the always popular and youth-focused Tall Ships Races, beginning in Falmouth in late August.

If the Company would like further information on any of the information in our update then we would of course be delighted to discuss this in more detail.

Once again, thank you for your continued support.

Tenacious reaches an important milestone over the next week, as her Special Survey and Refit comes to a close and she gets back in the water.  The Shipwrights’ Company and is proud of its connection with the JST and makes an annual donation to help support their important work.

As the JST Team say “Tenacious is more than just a tall ship. She’s a symbol of hope for so many. People like Peter who was involved in her build back in the nineties; Sally who accomplished things she never thought possible; Mike who has seen so many lives changed for the better; and Tracey who relishes the chance of being part of a team like no other.  It’s these stories that are the reason we do what we do. And now the refit is almost complete, we can look forward to 2021 and the future stories waiting to be written.”

The Shipwrights Lectures are changing their date and venue.  To provide more seats with improved technical facilities we’ve moved next door to the Nuffield Theatre, still within the campus of the University of Southampton.  The panel discussion theme is “Innovation” will include Matthew Sheahan hosting a panel from Ben Ainslie Racing discussing the exciting technology used in the Americas Cup Challenge.

Other internationally acclaimed inspirational speakers will complement them and be revealed later.  A very exciting series of lectures is to come.

The Annual Shipwrights’ Lectures are for Marine Apprentices, young shipwrights, boatbuilders and students intending to enter the leisure marine industry following relevant courses.  Come to the lectures and be truly inspired.

Please save the new date January 10th 2018.  News and updates on speakers and the programme with be posted at and we’ll post more information in the coming weeks.

Shipwrights Apprenticeship grant to Zenith Marine, Plymouth.

  We are delighted to award a Shipwrights apprenticeship scheme grant to Zenith Marine, Plymouth in support of apprentice Jack Pearce for academic year 2021-22! We sponsor marine apprentices, helping to develop vital shipwright skills – both traditional and modern.