Queen Elizabeth Grants Trinity House Its Coat of Arms
A grant of Arms was made by Queen Elizabeth and was issued by Gilbert Dethicke, Garter King at Arms:
“… I, the said Garter Principall King of Armes, have assigned, gyyen, and graunted unto their Corporacon aforsaid such Armes as they may lawfully bear in those necessary affaires of theirs as shall seme best: that is to say – argent, a plain cros geules, betwene four ships sable, the fore and top-sayles up, vnde underneath on a wreath of theyr colers, a demi-lion rampant, gardat, and crouned with a croune imperiall or, in his right pawe an armyng swoord argent, hylt and pomell or, langued and armed azure, mantled argent, doobled geules…”
In modern terms:
Arms: Argent, a plain cross gules, between four ships sable, the fore and topsails up.
Crest: A demi-lion rampant, guardant, and regally crowned or, in his dexter paw a sword erect argent, hilted and pomelled of the first.
The mantling is argent doubled gules, and the motto of the Corporation, Trinitas in Unitate.