In a closely fought battle a team of six stalwart Shipwrights triumphed over the Ironmongers at Kingswood, Surrey to reclaim the Trophy which will be suitably engraved to properly reflect our renewed glory.   The attached photo is of the Ironmongers’ Captain handing the trophy over to the Shipwrights’ Captain.

It was a beautiful day in good company, the Course was in fine condition and the Club provided us with a decent lunch.  The Shipwrights furnished six players and the points margin of victory was only 3% with some high scores achieved on both sides.  An excellent day.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) tell us that it’s been another busy month for them and they’ve lots to update us on.  “This is the month we can finally set sail once again! It feels so good to be able to look forward to more adventures on board Tenacious and sailing the seas around the UK – although we’ve had to make some changes to the destinations of two voyages, more on this to come”.

Other main news from JST this month:

Catch up on the JST’s news here.

We are delighted to award a Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme grant to Jenkins Marine in Poole to support apprentices Owen Freeman and Daniel May for academic year 2021-22 starting in Sept. This is our first grant for academic year 2021-22. We sponsor marine apprentices, helping companies to develop vital shipwright skills – both traditional and modern. For information on our grants contact:

We are delighted to award a grant to Pharos Offshore Group based at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland to support apprentice Jamie Lorimer for academic year 2020-21. This is our last grant for academic year 2020-21. Grants for 2021-22 are in the process of being awarded. Contact for further information. We sponsor marine apprentices helping to develop vital shipwright skills – both traditional and modern.

The Shipwrights’ Company has periodically given some financial assistance to the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company who very generously hosted a party of Shipwrights’ to a fascinating and exciting visit to Woodbridge in 2017 shortly after the project began.  The Ship’s Company’s website states:

The Ship’s Company was formed in 2016 with the sole purpose of creating a permanent and authentic replica of the Anglo-Saxon ship. The team is made up of professionals, volunteers and enthusiasts who are working together to fully understand the dimensions and construction methods. The ship will be built in the newly opened, Longshed, a purpose-built unit gifted to the town and dedicated to the maritime history and education.

Philip Leech, a Director of the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company has informed us that the keel blank will arrive in Woodbridge during the weekend of 17-18 April 2021 and writes:

As you know, in building the ship our objective is to extract as much scientific and cultural knowledge as possible as well as creating a beautiful object.  Professor Martin Carver describes our efforts as possibly opening a new chapter in English history.

Over the last three years (well, like everyone, two of them, in truth) we have made huge progress, with a digital plan drawn from the original excavation data by colleagues at Southampton University, building a 1:5 scale model and a quite massive 12′ midships section as an experimental rig to train our volunteers and work out rowing positions. We have, in the bank, several grants that we applied for in order to specifically train existing and new volunteers in woodworking techniques. This furthers the build and is a contribution to our community, who are closely involved.

After we lay the keel, whilst it isn’t exactly all downhill from there, we will progress quite quickly.

But before that we are running a crowdfunding effort.

We are aiming to raise £40,000, with a stretch target of £60,000.   And one of our sponsors has agreed to match every £1 we raise with £1 of his own.

The crowdfunding site has about two weeks to go.  I would be really pleased if you  would take a look at the site, which includes a CG animation and other videos The website link is Build the Sutton Hoo Ship – a Community crowdfunding project in Woodbridge by Annie Leech ( think it tells a good story.  There are some interesting “rewards” on the website, or people can just donate. The most popular reward is a signed book by Martin Carver.  Over 270 people have donated already but we need to increase both the numbers and the rate. Anyway you could help would be most welcome.

Philip Leech

The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company, The Longshed, Tide Mill Way, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1FP, UK

The Shipwrights’ Company is deeply saddened by the death of its former Permanent Master and Past Prime Warden, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  His Royal Highness was elected to the Court in 1954, served as Prime Warden from 1954-55 and became the Company’s second Permanent Master after King George VI, a post he relinquished in favour of HRH The Prince of Wales in 2012.  His Royal Highness’s long association with the Shipwrights’ Company was coupled with a remarkable contribution to its relevance, modernisation and philanthropic focus and his influence as Prime Warden and Permanent Master has been profound.

The announcement from Buckingham Palace reads:

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Further announcements will be made in due course.

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

Friday, 9 April 2021

There is a new Association of Apprentices, led by apprentices for apprentices, established to offer a range of support to apprentices and to help them to network. Membership is currently free. Details here.

The Minimum Wage for apprentices went up to £4.30ph from 1 April. The rate applies to apprentices across the UK who are under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship. Details here. Research conducted by the Maritime Skills Alliance shows that most employers in the marine sector pay at least double the legal minimum.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency have today announced an increased incentive payment of £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who start their employment between 1 April and 30 September 2021. Employers can apply for incentive payments for these apprentices from 1 June 2021 via their apprenticeship service account. They can spend the payment on anything to support their organisation’s costs and they do not have to pay it back. Details here.



Inter Livery Charity Clay Shoot 24 June 2021

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 […]