HQS Wellington

built 1934 by Admiralty, Devonport

Ensign House flag


National Historic Fleet

Fighting Vessel


Victoria Embankment

Commercial Activity

Commercial premises








Steam turbine




To be confirmed

33.97 feet (10.36 metres)

265.84 feet (81.08 metres)

8.75 feet (2.67 metres)



The sloop WELLINGTON was named out of courtesy to New Zealand, where she was intended to serve. She was launched on 29 May 1934 in Plymouth and is the last surviving example of a Grimsby type sloop. Until the outbreak of war, she served on the South Pacific Station. She spent most of World War II escorting in the North Atlantic and on West African convoys. She participated in the Dunkirk evacuation and Operation Torch, the allied landings in North Africa. She was converted into the Livery Hall of the Worshipful Company of Master Mariners in 1947. This included removing the engines and altering the interior substantially. She is now permanently moored on the Thames and an extensive refit took place in 2005. Two years before, WELLINGTON was given a World Ship Trust Special Award for her preservation.

Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993, pp182) pub: Anthony Nelson
Dick Sullivan, Old Ships, Boats and Maritime Museums (1978) pub: Coracle Books

Key dates

  1. 1934 Vessel built by Devonport Dockyard for the Royal Navy
  2. 1940 World War II service as escort vessel
  3. 1947 Converted to a floating clubhouse for the Honourable Company of  Master Mariners based on the Thames Embankment, London
  4. 2005 Refit carried out


  1. 1978 Old Ships, Boats and Maritime Museums - Sullivan, Dick
  2. 1993 International Register of Historic Ships - Brouwer, Norman J


  1. 2013/14 The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £80,800 for exhibition on board
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

keel bar:

metal bar forming the keel of a metal vessel