The Company received the following message from Martin Coles CBE, Chief Executive of MSSC.

The opening of Port Edgar Boat Station on 1 April was a tremendous success, which we hope those able to attend would agree with. It is the latest of our residential boat stations to come into service and it will support the training of cadets for years to come.  Photographs of the day can be found here

This was our first event with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal attending as Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps in person. It was also our first majorengagement following the pandemic and I am delighted that it went so well, I am only sorry that I could not be there to share the day with you (due to Covid-19).

At Sea Cadets, we are truly committed to providing young people with the best head start in life, giving them a new perspective, broadening horizons and creating new and exciting opportunities. Our aim is to help more young people seek the future they want and give them the chance to make that future happen. This new facility will help achieve that for so many.

Thank you once again for your support.

The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights wishes Rose Ravetz and Huw Wahl every success with their exciting project ‘Wind, Tide and Oar’ which has just launched and will explore the artistry of engineless sailing and traditional maritime skills using the medium of 16mm film.  The Crowdfunder campaign for the ‘Wind, Tide & Oar’ film project, which has just gone live, will be just 4 weeks long, and aims to raise £10,000.

The Crowdfunder campaign will not only help Rose and Huw to raise the funds, it will also help spread the word about the project and, hopefully engage people who will follow the progress of the filmmaking process, and be a part of the project as it matures.  The Crowdfunder video can be found here:

The official Press Release reads:

Wind, Tide and Oar is an artists’ documentary film project that will explore the absorbed attention and artistry of engineless sailing.  Working with seafarers, craftspeople, sailing charities, mental health experts and sail-trainees, it will delve into questions of ecology, resilience and wellbeing; looking at how the gravity and grace of sailing engineless can speak to our interaction with, and responsibility, to the natural world around us.

Directed by artist filmmaker Huw Wahl with the production being managed by sailor Rose Ravetz, the film will pursue a poetic approach to the filmmaking process to develop an intimate response to those at sea, their lived environment and material reality.

Huw Wahl commented: “The first time I stepped onto my sister Rose’s boat Defiance in 2019 I knew we had to make a film together about sailing, and when she introduced me to a community of sailors on the east coast dedicated to the possibilities of sailing engineless – the project found its voice.”

The director’s accomplished 16mm practice will add to the ‘out of ordinary time’ qualities of the project, aligning the flow of filmmaking on mechanical cameras with that of traditional seafaring, and developing a unique conversation between the two practices’ characteristics of presence, patience, turbulence and drama.

Shooting will start this spring, with numerous boats taking part, including sailing barge Blue Mermaid, ketch Birubi, lugger Guide Me, gaff-rigged Defiance, smack Helen & Violet and smack Fairy.  More boats are expected to join the cast.  Once shooting is complete, the physical 16mm film will be processed by Kodak, digitised in high quality scans and then edited.

A premiere onboard the Cutty Sark in Greenwich is set for next year, with accompanying events around lost skills taking place around an ongoing exhibition of the film aboard the iconic ship.  From the Cutty Sark the film will then take an inventive sail-powered screening tour onboard the Thames sailing barge Blue Mermaid, courtesy of the Maldon based charity Sea-Change Sailing Trust.  Over 10 weeks Sea-Change will train a different crew each week from the local communities they visit whilst screening the film to a diverse set of communities.  Afterwards, Blue Mermaid will return for a final screening and celebration to an exciting central London dockland location.


2022 Annual Shipwrights’ Lectures – 19 October

The 2022 Annual Shipwrights’ Lectures will be held on Wednesday October 19th at the MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton 2021 saw the Lectures move to their new venue in Southampton City Centre. Despite a reduced post Covid attendance the very favourable feedback indicated the event to be widely regarded as one of the best!

The Lectures programme is designed to inspire and motivate young people engaged in the UK’s £3 billion international position in the super yacht, yacht and boat design and building industry. This year’s Lectures are, as always, free of charge and open to all students at colleges and universities, apprentices and young boatbuilders. College tutors and apprentice managers are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Further details will be distributed when online registration is scheduled to open.
A full house is anticipated after the enforced layoff and early registration recommended.
In the meantime SAVE THE DATE !


Pendennis Shipyard are the Annual Lectures new Sponsors.

Following the generous sponsorship of BMT, it is with great pleasure that we can now announce that Pendennis Shipyard have joined us as the Lead Sponsor for the next three years.

The Shipwrights Company extend their grateful thanks to Pendennis who have been a staunch supporter not only of the Annual Lectures since its inception in 2011 but also of the Queens Silver Medal Award by sponsoring and supporting the participation of several of their apprentices each year.

The Team are already working hard on finalising the Lectures programme and are delighted to have Manley Hopkinson FRSA, FRGS, founder of The Compassionate Leadership Academy  kindly returning as the Inspirational Speaker.

The Mast Studio Café will be open for drinks and snacks from 13.00 and the first Lecture will commence at 14.00.

History was made at the Installation Court this evening when Ms Laura Bugden was installed as Prime Warden, the first female to hold the appointment in the history of the Shipwrights’ Company.  Very many congratulations!
As he handed over the reins the Immediate Past Prime Warden wished her every success voicing his conviction that she is ‘absolutely the right person to lead the Company onwards and upwards’. The Prime Warden thanked her predecessor, Mr Richard Close-Smith TD, for leading the Company out of lockdown and towards normality with his theme of regeneration.

The Prime Warden, Mr Richard Close-Smith TD, and the Clerk visited the City of London Sea Cadet Corps on HMS BELFAST on Tuesday 5 April 2022.  The unit is extremely fortunate to have such a prestigious address as a result of an historic arrangement between the Imperial War Museum and the Marine Society and Sea Cadets made many years ago by Rear Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan Giles DSO, OBE, GM who was himself Prime Warden of the Shipwrights’ Company in 1987.

The Prime Warden took the salute at Colours before inspecting the Divisions on parade and watching a lesson on knots.  The attached photographs give a flavour of the evening and the Shipwrights’ Company is extremely grateful to the Officer Commanding, Sub-Lieutenant (SCC) Ben MacDonald, the Chairman, Captain John-L David and the President, Lord Mountevans and all of those involved in the visit.




Following the cancellation of the Inter-Livery Skiing Competition the Shipwrights’ Company Ski Team donated their refunded fees to ‘Not the ILSC Fundraising Challenge’ which has raised over £1,500 for the Snow Camp charity.  Snow Camp offers disadvantaged children the chance to learn to ski and snowboard.  The Company has received the following message from Switch 180 / Snow Camp:

Dear Friends at the Shipwrights’ Company,

We would like to say a huge thank you for supporting our work with young people by making a donation to ‘NOT the ILSC Fundraising Challenge’. Just like you, we were so disappointed that the ILSC couldn’t take place this year, but we are absolutely delighted to let you know that the fundraising challenge has raised over £15,000 all thanks to your fantastic efforts!  Thank you once again, your generous support will help us reach more disadvantaged young people and turn their lives around.

Team Captains, we would be so grateful if you could forward our sincere thanks and this news piece to your team members:

Hopefully we will see you again on the slopes at the ILSC 2023. 

Many thanks once again for your support! 

Meet Tom Lewis, one of our sponsored Boatbuilder apprentices for 2021-22 who is employed at Peninsula Marine Services in Plymouth. Tom joined the company last summer and since formally starting his apprenticeship in September 2021 has impressed everyone at the company, and is developing a good range of skills. He attends South Devon College on a day release basis for his off the job training.

Tom recently sent us his mid year progress report. Tom told us: “I am doing a variety of different jobs each week, which is helping me gain a range of different skills and a better understanding within the shipwright industry. I am currently really enjoying my apprenticeship and have a strong willingness to gain new skills and knowledge… I think my apprenticeship has benefitted the company well because of my enthusiasm, eye for detail and to complete a job as efficiently as possible, whilst maintaining a quality finish.” 

Tom is optimistic about his future in the industry and enthused: “My plans and goals for the future is to become a fully qualified shipwright and to have a reputation for having a good quality of work. I have gained so many different skills so far on my apprenticeship and I am constantly learning new things as there is so much to learn within the industry.”

Well done Tom, an excellent start to your apprenticeship!

Ashlee Barrell, aged 19, started as a marine engineering apprentice at Cox’s Boatyard in Norfolk, last year. Ashlee is one of our sponsored apprentices for 2021-22.

He recently sent us his excellent mid-year progress which demonstrates the wide range of projects he has been involved with and the array of knowledge and skills he has already acquired.

Ashlee told us: “Since starting working at Cox’s Boatyard, I have enjoyed carrying out an engine swap and the electrical work the most. I found it quite challenging but I was able to catch on quickly.  Once I had the knowledge, I was able to improve my quality of work and greatly reduce my lead time for the company. Electrical being one of my most enjoyable topics, I used to find it the most difficult when I first started and it took a long time to improve my understanding and my hand skills… I can now say I have excelled at the topic, completing work at a high quality in a shorter period of time and hope to carry this mindset forward for not only this topic but all of my future jobs.”

Ashlee attends Paragon Skills in Bournemouth on a weekly block release basis twice per term for the off the job training. Of college he said:

“When at college, I have learnt a lot regarding safety procedures such as moving around the workshop, using tools correctly and what not to do in certain situations.  Other topics included how to strip an outboard motor, how a marine business runs efficiently and why certain materials are used for components. This covered the topic of electrolysis (using anodes to stop corrosion).”

Ashlee is very optimistic about his future and enthused: “I aim to complete my apprenticeship on time and complete all the work that is set whilst also learning on the side, working with the head engineer to grow my knowledge ready for future projects. I would also like to go on to fabricate/TIG weld aluminum and steel for the company, creating tanks, push/pull pits and other components.  I may also like the opportunity to help teach a future engineer apprenticeship like the head engineer has with myself.”

So, very well done Ashlee – one of our most outstanding marine engineering apprentices for this academic year – or any year!


Meet Theo Aers, marine engineering technician apprentice, one of our sponsored apprentices for 2021-22, employed at Servowatch in Essex. Servowatch is a leading marine automation and ship solutions provider. Theo is undertaking the Engineering Technician Level 3 apprenticeship and is enrolled at the Colchester Institute for the off the job training. Theo has recently sent us his mid year progress report and it makes very impressive reading!

Theo told us: “I have really enjoyed learning about the capabilities of these sophisticated control systems and look forward to being involved in the constantly improving technology in the Marine Engineering world. From the beginning I was very interested in learning about how these systems work and the extent of their capabilities. At first, I found the software element challenging and it was not easy to understand how it operated. However, now I have a greater understanding I have learned to enjoy it and involve myself in this part of my work when I have the chance”…

“In January, I took part in sea trials aboard RFA Tidesurge, a Tide-class replenishment tanker of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary. We first joined the ship in Plymouth and spent a day in harbour where I spent a lot of time in the Main control room as we were trying to optimise the control of propulsion system. We set off the next day to see how the ship performed at sea and tried to get a further understanding of what optimisations were possible.  I really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot  and it has massively helped me understand more about Servowatch systems and their purpose.”

The off the job training at the college have progressed equally well. Theo said: “I am currently learning the skills to operate lathes and milling machines as well as wiring and testing electrical equipment. Both of these different sectors cover a large range of basic engineering skills and will provide valuable stepping stones and knowledge for my career as a Marine Systems Engineer. In October I also took part in a CAD course which I found very interesting and beneficial.”

Theo summaried his feelings this: “I have had no second thoughts about choosing this pathway and I am very grateful for the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights for supporting me through this brilliant opportunity.”

A fabulous start and Theo is proving to be a great asset not only to Servowatch but the whole marine automation industry!

Opening of Port Edgar Boat Station – Thank you from the Sea Cadets

The Company received the following message from Martin Coles CBE, Chief Executive of MSSC. The opening of Port Edgar Boat Station on 1 April was a tremendous success, which we hope those able to attend would agree with. It is the latest of our residential boat stations to come into service and it will support […]