We are a City of London Livery Company with membership open to British and Commonwealth Master Mariners from the Merchant and Royal Navies.

since 1926

To all members,

Due to the current situation regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), HQS WELLINGTON will be closed to all from Thursday 19th March 2020 until further notice. This closure will be reviewed on a regular basis and we will update accordingly.

Please do stay safe and take the necessary precautions as advised by HM Government. The office staff will continue to work from home, therefore emails will be monitored. If you have any queries or questions, please email info@hcmm.org.uk

Our Purpose

As a City of London Livery Company we have three main interests:

  • Professional Standards
  • Education & Training
  • Charitable Giving

Our Aims

Formed in 1926 our aims are:

  • to encourage and maintain a high and honourable standard of ability and professional conduct in the officers of the British Merchant Navy
  • to promote and maintain in all respects efficient and friendly co-operation between the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy
  • to be available for advice and consultation on all questions concerning or affecting the Merchant Navy, or judicial, commercial, scientific, educational or technical matters.

Patron & Admiral

Her Most Gracious Majesty THE QUEEN

Master of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom, KG KT OM GBE KCVO

Professional Schemes

Mentoring Scheme

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners offers encouragement and support to all those entering the nautical profession. The best way for you to take advantage of this, is through the Honourable Company’s Mentoring Scheme.

Chartered Master Mariner Scheme

Since 2013, under the terms of its Royal Charter, the Honourable Company of Master Mariners has had the right to grant Chartership status to qualifying Master Mariners. In association with the Nautical Institute, the award of Chartered status for high-achieving professional seafarers is now obtainable.

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