On This Day in Trinity House History – 26 May

1621

The Admiralty Court rules on behalf of Trinity House and compulsory pilotage on the Thames

Trinity House Court Minute:

“None take on himself to be Master or Pilot of any ship or vessel to go forth or return to the Thames without certificate by the Trinity House. From my Chamber in the Doctors Commons– Sir Henry Marten to the Master, etc.”

Sir Henry Marten was a judge of the Admiralty Court and a member of the Court of High Commission.

Greenwich Hospital from the north bank of the Thames, Canaletto, 1750-52; National Maritime Museum, London

Greenwich Hospital from the north bank of the Thames, Canaletto, 1750-52; National Maritime Museum, London

 



1662

Samuel Pepys records the election of the new Master

Samuel Pepys’ diary:

“To the Trinity House; where the Brethren have been at Deptford choosing a new Master; which is Sir J Minnes*; notwithstanding Sir W Batten did contend highly for it; at which I am not a little pleased, because of his proud lady.”

*Admiral Sir John Mennes Kt was elected Master; I hope Pepys was not too dismayed that a year later Admiral Sir William Batten Kt was elected Master!

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