Samuel Pepys is Elected an Elder Brother of Trinity House
Trinity House Court Minute:
“Samuel Pepys, Esq., Clerk to the Acts of H.M. Navy, is chosen an Elder Brother.”
Samuel Pepys (1633 – 1703) was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament; through patronage, hard work and his talent for administration, to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and subsequently King James II. His reforms as an Admiralty administrator were important in the early professionalisation of the Royal Navy, but he is now best remembered for the diary he kept for a decade as a relatively young man. The detailed diary Pepys kept from 1660 until 1669 provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London.
Pepys was twice Master of Trinity House; he was elected by the annual Court in 1676, and he was made Master by King James II when the Corporation’s Royal Charter was renewed in 1685. Pepys was the architect of the rewritten and vastly improved charter, such was the strength of the new document that it is still in use by the Corporation today.
THV Argus Joins the Steam Vessel Service
THV Argus is commissioned, built at the Port Glasgow yard of Messrs. Ferguson Bros., to become the Holyhead district tender, replacing tonnage lost during the Second World War.