On This Day in Trinity House History – 22 January


Trinity House assist in fleet preparations

Trinity House Court Minute:

“Council of State make proclamation, ordered all seamen to join the fleet and that they should repair to Trinity House.”

This instruction was possibly in anticipation of the First Anglo-Dutch War, or a result of the activity caused by the Navigation Acts of October 1651, which ordered that only English ships and ships from the originating country could import goods to England. This measure was particularly aimed at hampering the shipping of the highly trade-dependent Dutch. Over a hundred Dutch ships were captured by English privateers between October 1651 and July 1652; as General Monck put it: “The Dutch have too much trade, and the English are resolved to take it from them.”


New fog signal at Lizard Lighthouse

Description of the new fog signal at the Lizard Lighthouse in the Cornish Telegraph:

“Although not so loud and disturbing as was anticipated, the sound is very weird and melancholy… there it rolls, with prolonged reverberating echoes through the surrounding precipices and caves.”

Lizard Lighthouse fog signal trumpets

Lizard Lighthouse fog signal trumpets


Trinity House escorts the late Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria dies at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. A few days later her body was carried to the Trinity House depot at East Cowes. With Edward VII and Queen Alexandra and Prince Arthur the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (later the Master of Trinity House), the body was embarked on the Victoria and Albert, and the royal yacht procession was led by eight Destroyers and tailed by the Trinity House flagship THV Irene.


Death of Sir Winston Churchill, Elder Brother of Trinity House

The Elder Brethren mourned the loss of Sir Winston Churchill, an Elder Brother since 1913. Churchill wore his uniform to many of his most important diplomatic occasions, bringing great repute upon the Corporation in international circles.

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