Certificate no 502
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Sloop
Location Victoria Embankment
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Admiralty, Devonport
Built in 1934
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Steam
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Steam turbine
Boiler type Unknown
Boilermaker Unknown


Breadth: Beam
33.97 feet (10.36 m)
8.75 feet (2.67 m)
Length: Overall
265.84 feet (81.08 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


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.

We are currently seeking further information on this National Historic Fleet vessel. If you have any details about this vessel past or present, please contact us.


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

Key dates

  • 1934

    Vessel built by Devonport Dockyard for the Royal Navy

  • 1940

    World War II service as escort vessel

  • 1947

    Converted to a floating clubhouse for the Honourable Company of  Master Mariners based on the Thames Embankment, London

  • 2005

    Refit carried out


  • 2013/14

    The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £80,800 for exhibition on board

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