On This Day in Trinity House History – 26 March

1617

Sir Francis Bacon voices support for Trinity House

Portrait of Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban, by John Vanderbank, 1731

Portrait of Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban, by John Vanderbank, 1731

Sir Francis Bacon, Keeper of the Great Seal and later Lord Chancellor, addresses the Privy Council to deliver an eloquent ruling supporting the authority of Trinity House:

“Lighthouses are marks and signs within the meaning of the charter. That there is an authority mixed with trust, settled in that corporation, for the erecting of such lighthouses, and other marks and signs, from time to time, as the accidents and moveable nature of the sands and channels doth require, grounded upon the skill and experience which they have in marine service: And this authority and trust cannot be transferred from them by law; but as they are only answerable for the defaults, so they are only trusted with the performance; it being a matter of an high and precious nature, in respect of salvation of ships and lives, and a kind of starlight in that element.”


1942

HRH Prince George, the Duke of Kent is elected Master of Trinity House 

Trinity Monday: HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent KG KT GCMG GCVO is elected Master of Trinity House, on the death of the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.

Sadly, he died only a few months later on 25 August, making his tenure as Master the shortest in the corporation’s history. He was the fourth son and fifth child of George V and Mary of Teck, and younger brother of Edward VIII and George VI. He held the title of Duke of Kent from 1934 until his death in 1942.

 


1959

THV Mermaid (3) is launched

The lighthouse tender THV Mermaid, the third tender to bear that name, is launched at the yard of J S White & Co., Cowes.

She went into service in September in the Yarmouth district. She was launched Mrs. Noakes, wife of Elder Brother Captain George Noakes. Sister ships THV Siren and THV Stella followed into service in the two years after.

Mermaid (3) 1959 copyright Trinity House

Mermaid (3) 1959 copyright Trinity House

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