The Wellington Trust has created an augmented reality interactive experience that will allow visitors to experience steering HMS Wellington as she was on convoy duty.

HQS Wellington is Britain’s last surviving Second World War escort ship and a unique part of our maritime heritage. She was built for the Royal Navy in 1934 and during the Second World War served in the Battle of the Atlantic on convoy duty. The ship, at Temple Stairs on the Thames, is now owned and preserved by the Wellington Trust and is the headquarters of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

What you’ll see from the wheelhouse is not the River Thames and the Victoria Embankment where she is moored. You’ll be in the middle of a convoy, still in the ‘real world’, but what you see and feel is augmented with digital images and sound.

Come and respond to the Captain’s commands, steer HMS Wellington using the ship’s wheel. Manoeuvre around the buoys, pass alongside the convoy ships and fire the hedgehog bombs from the wheelhouse. Imagine yourself in the role of Officer of the Watch or Look Out in the Second World War, where Wellington undertook around 100 missions to protect the merchant shipping carrying much needed supplies to sustain the nation.

HQS Wellington is open Sundays and Mondays from 11am to 5pm, from 25th July to October 31st, 2021. To book this experience please visit:

HQS Wellington