On This Day in Trinity House History – 22 May

1676

Samuel Pepys is elected Master of Trinity House

Trinity Monday: Samuel Pepys is elected Master of Trinity House for the first time.

Samuel Pepys FRS MP JP (23 February 1633 – 26 May 1703) was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament (for Harwich) who is now most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by 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 influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early rise of the Royal Navy.

 


1736

The Dudgeon Lightvessel is laid in its Assigned Position for the first time

Trinity House Board Minute:

“Captain Major, Captain Merriman and Mr. Avery attended with a letter of the 16th. from Captain John Kitchingman on board the vessel intended for the Floating Light at Dudgeon Shoal, that she was then near the shoal, but the weather being calm the moorings were not laid, but would be in a day or two, they farther acquainted the Board that Mr. John Walker, Mr. Geo. Widget, Mr. Grey, and a great many other Masters of ships in the Coal Trade who came by since, said that the vessel was actually moored there, and that they intended to kindle the light on the 1st. June next and desiring that public notice thereof might be given and of the commencement of the Duties from that time, which was ordered accordingly, and that the Clerk write to our Collectors at the several ports to take care of the Duties accordingly.”

The Dudgeon Lightvessel was only the second lightvessel position to be laid, after that at the Nore was laid in 1732.


1742

The Admiralty requires the use of Trinity House’s Ballastage Wharf for the shipping of horses abroad

Trinity House Board Minute:

“Thos. Corbett, Esq. Secretary to the Admiralty, requesting permission for the shipping of horses to the Army in Flanders, from their ballast wharf at Woolwich, which was reported to be very suitable for the purpose. The Corporation’s officer there ordered to give every possible assistance.”


1837

The Duke of Wellington is elected Master of Trinity House

Trinity Monday: Arthur, first Duke of Wellington KG GCB GCH is elected Master of Trinity House.

Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852) sat as Master from 1837 until 1852. He was a British soldier and statesman, a native of Ireland from the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy and one of the leading military and political figures of the 19th century.

He was twice Prime Minister, from 1828–30 and briefly in 1834. He remained Commander-in-Chief of the British Army until his death.

Arthur, first Duke of Wellington Master of Trinity House copyright Trinity House

Arthur, first Duke of Wellington Master of Trinity House copyright Trinity House

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