On This Day in Trinity House History – 31 December


“Unbecoming Words and differences” between the Elder Brethren

Trinity House Court Minute:

“The Court proceeded to consider of some effectual means to prevent unbecoming Words and differences at future Meetings; and Unanimously Resolved that if any Elder Brother of this Corporation shall hereafter give or return any such language to any other Elder Brother, at any Court or By Board, as the said Court or By Board shall judge to be quarrelsome or abusive, provoking or reproachfull, he shall forfeit ten pounds for every such offence; To be deducted out of his next Ensuing Turns for the use of the poor of the Corporation.”

On This Day in Trinity House History – 17 October


Unbecoming Words Between the Elder Brethren

Trinity House Board Minute:

“The debate ending about one o’clock, some unbecoming words happened to arise afterwards betwixt Captain Panuwell and Captain Selby, and Captain Selby using words to this or the like effect, that whoever said that was a liar, Captain Panuwell immediately struck him twice upon the arm with a cane. Afterwards much opprobious language was given on both sides, tho’ they were several time called upon to desist, by the Master (Sir Thomas Hardy) in the chair, who thereupon appointed a court to be held on Saturday 31st. inst.in order to lay the proceedings before the said Court.”

An instance of discord between the Brethren, but one that we hope was hopefully resolved without any further use of the cane.

On This Day in Trinity House History – 7 October


Orfordness Lighthouse washed away

Board Minute:

“An express from Orford, that the Lower Lighthouse there was washed away by the sea on the 5th. but that a representative of the proprietor and a workman to replace it as soon as possible, and to supply a light in the best manner that is possible till a new lighthouse can be built


12 October:

“Reporting that a lantern three feet high was raised to the height of 25 feet from the ground wherein a good light would be maintained, and that for the two nights before a coal fire light had been kept there.”

View of Orford Ness 1822

View of Orford Ness 1822



Trinity House Mathematical Examining Committee Gets Its Own Maths Whizz

A Court Minute authorised the Appointment of a Mathematical Examiner to assist the Examining Committee, and ordered arrangements to be made for conducting voluntary examinations at Trinity House on and after 1 Nov. 1845.

Mr. Boulter Bell was appointed Mathematical Examiner, his remuneration to be as follows, viz.; for examination of Masters and Mates £50, for examination of Masters and Pilots, R.N., £50, for examination of Christ’s Hospital Boys £20: a total of £120 per annum. In the first twelve months, to 1 November 1846, ninety (90) Candidates presented themselves for examination. These voluntary examinations continued to be carried out until compulsory examinations were instituted by the Board of Trade under the Act of 1850.