On This Day in Trinity House History – 31 May

1686

Trinity Monday; the Younger Brethren are given ‘dinner money’

Trinity House Court Minute:

“After the court rose and having heard a sermon at ye parish Church of Deptford they returned to London and dined together at the rummer in Queen Street, the Younger Brothers having had 2s. 6d. apiece given them to dine where they please.”


1721

The Trinity House poor box helps a victim of slavery

Trinity House Board Minute:

“Nothing of moment happened this day by reason of the Whitson Holy days (Deputy Master & two others present). Given out of the poors box 5 shillings to a poor woman whose husband is in slavery (North Africa).”

 


1790

William Pitt the Younger is elected Master of Trinity House

On Trinity Monday, William Pitt the Younger is elected Master of Trinity House.

He sat as Master for the consecutive years until 1805.

Statue of William Pitt in Edinburgh

Statue of William Pitt in Edinburgh

 


1991

Anvil Point Lighthouse is automated

Anvil Point Lighthouse is converted to automatic operation and the lighthouse keepers depart.

The lighthouse, which is built of local stone, was first lit in 1881. The light is positioned to give a waypoint for vessels on passage along the English Channel coast. To the west it gives a clear line from Portland Bill and to the east guides vessels away from the Christchurch Ledge and leads them into the Solent. The light was originally illuminated by a paraffin vapour burner (PVB). In 1960 the station was modernised and converted from oil to mains electricity. The old fog signal, a 5 minute cannon, was replaced in 1981 by new automatic equipment. The fog signal has now been discontinued.

Anvil Point Lighthouse by Andrew Johnson

Anvil Point Lighthouse by Andrew Johnson

On This Day in Trinity House History – 30 May

1681

Warm words from a retiring Master

On Trinity Monday, the day of the annual election of the Master and Deputy Master, outgoing Master George Berkeley, 1st Earl of Berkeley addresses the Court:

“I returne you my hearty Thanks for your extraordinary kindness to me in choosing me your Master for the year past. I now recommend to you my worthy Deputy Captain Nicholls to succeed me. I have served you with all faithfulness, and if my knowledge in your Affairs had been as great as my affection for you, I might justly have said, without bragging, That no Master has served you better, because I am very glad it was my happiness to attend you in the late Address made to his Gracious Majestie, which being Soe well accepted I hope you will receive the fruits and benefits of such an Addresse. I have had the Title of your Master for a year, but I shall continue an Elder Brother and your true friend and servant all my Life. I pray God to Blesse and Prosper you all.”

 

On This Day in Trinity House History – 11 May

1745

The former Trinity House headquarters at Water Lane gets a lick of paint

Trinity House Court Minute:

“Ordered, that the Hall of this House be new painted and whitewashed forthwith, and that the Models, Pictures, and Tables of Benefaction therein be put into proper repair and order.”

 


2011

HRH The Princess Royal is elected Master

At the annual Trinitytide elections, HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO is elected Master of Trinity House in place of the departing Master, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Princess Royal was sworn in as an Elder Brother of the Corporation in 2004. The Master took pride of place when Trinity House Motor Boat No.1 led the vanguard of the Diamond Jubilee procession upon the Thames in 2012.

Jubilee Procession by Lord Ambrose Greenway

Jubilee Procession by Lord Ambrose Greenway