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HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London

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Anyone who has journeyed down the Embankment in London will be familiar with an elegant slice of maritime history - the HQS WELLINGTON - one of the Royal Navy’s heritage vessels. Moored at Temple Stairs on the River Thames, her dignified lines and clean white exterior seem appropriate for her status as the last surviving British ship from the Battle of the Atlantic in which she fought as a convoy escort ship.  

Simple Crowdfunding is raising funds for this 
National Historic and Heritage vessel.
The funds will be used to replace her mooring arrangements, and update the access facilities at Temple Stairs on the River Thames. The current structures are over 70 years old and a recent survey has recommended replacement.


Property Type – Historic and Heritage Vessel
Project – Replacements of moorings
Raise Amount – Upto £1M (Phase 1 funding)
Minimum Donation Amount - £200
Type of Raise - DONATION raise only. 

Note:  Simple Crowdfunding has their London office on board this Vessel.  


Built - Devonport, 1934
Category - Grimsby Class of Royal Navy Sloop (only 13 of this class ever built)
Owned (Since 2005) - The WELLINGTON Trust (A Maritime Heritage and Educational Charity)
Active Service - 1934 to 1947 with the Royal Navy
Heritage - Last remaining ship afloat which served in the Battle of the Atlantic from 1939 to 1945
Moored - Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London


The WELLINGTON contains a large collection of Merchant Navy ship models, artefacts and paintings and is very much a Museum to the British and Commonwealth Merchant Navies and is now also the home of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, the Company of Sea Captains.

Onboard, the WELLINGTON Trust has developed an evolving Educational Learning Programme for Primary School and Secondary School level children designed to raise awareness and understanding of the profound relationship between the nation and the sea in terms of international trade, commerce and careers available at sea. There also a highly successful STEM Learning Programme for A level students.

The WELLINGTON Trust has four primary aims:

  • Preserve this heritage vessel for future generations
  • Record the role of the UK Merchant Navy during WW1 and WW2, as well as in peace time
  • Raise awareness of the importance of the Merchant Navy to the economic future of the nation - especially to a post Brexit Britain which has repeatedly stated its ambition to trade with the rest of the world.
  • Support the Merchant Navy's Careers at Sea Initiative


The Board, which aims to ensure the achievement of the goals of the Trust, comprises 15 men and women, two of whom are Master Mariners, and all with some background in the maritime sector,  maritime history, museum management, property and finance.  With this background and experience, they are able to provide the widest expertise and direction to the Chief Executive in the operation and management of WELLINGTON to achieve  her purposes and roles.

HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO

A previous Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Princess Anne is now the Patron of the WELLINGTON Trust.

Commodore Angus Menzies RN

Being born, bred and educated in Aberdeen; preceded thirty-six years service in the Royal Navy as a Logistics Specialist serving around the globe in every surface ship type and nuclear powered attack submarines.  Shore postings included a delightful tour, at the height of the Cold War, as a Naval Attaché in Canada and subsequently too many tours in the Ministry of Defence Main Building in Whitehall, including as Private Secretary to two First Sea Lords (Admirals the Lord WEST and Sir Nigel Essenhigh); concluding as the Career Manager for all RN and Royal Marines Commodores/Brigadiers and Captains/Colonels.  

Retirement in 2006 flowed into a very enjoyable period as Finance Director and Group Company Secretary to the Chartered Institute of Linguists, then based in Southwark, London.  

In 2009, became the Chief Executive of the WELLINGTON Trust, the maritime heritage and educational charity which owns and operates the former WWII warship WELLINGTON, moored at Temple Stairs on the Thames, a post which also brings with it, the job of Clerk to the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, a City of London Livery Company and the professional body for Sea Captains, of both Merchant and Royal Navies.

THE MASTER MARINER: Captain Robert Brocklesby Booth

Captain Robert Booth was born in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and attended Hull Trinity House (Nautical) School leaving in 1959 when he joined his first ship as an apprentice with Andrew Weir and Company, "The Bank Line".   In 1968 he moved to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and in 1971 he expanded his maritime experience by joining Texaco Overseas Tankships and where he completed his qualification as a Master Mariner.

In 1979 he was offered a position in the offshore sector with Texaco North Sea and worked both on and offshore until 1990.  During this period at the request of the Headmaster of Hull Trinity House School, he restarted the HTH Old Boys' Association with a remit not only to support the school but also to enable a fitting celebration of the School's 200th anniversary in 1987.

He and Carol moved to Aberdeen in 1990.  Captain Booth joined the Honourable Company in 1993.

In 1994 Captain Booth formed Brocklesby Safety Systems, specializing in marine and safety areas, drilling rig audits, warranty surveying, tow master assignments and eventually participating in the Offshore wind farm sector.  During this time his involvement with the HCMM was to expand by taking over the role of the North East Scotland Outport Court Assistant and subsequently, the Outport Secretary until 2011 when he and Carol relocated to Cambridge.  This move enabled him to form closer ties with HQS WELLINGTON.  He served on various committees and chaired the group responsible for overseeing the review of the Company’s Apprentice Mentoring scheme. He was elected Warden in 2015 and Senior Warden in 2017 taking on the role of Master in 2018.

HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London