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The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights is one of the ancient livery companies of the
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. Although the Shipwrights' Company is no longer a
shipbuilding Shipbuilding is the construction of ships and other Watercraft, floating vessels. It normally takes place in a specialized facility known as a shipyard. Shipbuilders, also called shipwrights, follow a specialized occupation that traces its roo ...
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representing solely London-based industry, through its membership it retains strong links with global trade, and
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and
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professions. The company ranks fifty-ninth in the
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livery
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and cohabits with the Ironmongers' Company. Its
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is "Within The Ark Safe For Ever".


History of establishment

The Shipwrights' Company, unlike other livery companies, has not received a
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because maritime trade by definition was never confined within the boundaries of the
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; instead a corporate body of
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shipwright Shipbuilding is the construction of ships and other Watercraft, floating vessels. It normally takes place in a specialized facility known as a shipyard. Shipbuilders, also called shipwrights, follow a specialized occupation that traces its roo ...
s grew over time, their first recorded reference being in the twelfth century; thus the company's status is considered as being incorporated "by prescription". By contrast a Royal Charter ''was'' issued in 1612 to the "Master, Wardens, and Commonalty of the Art or Mystery of Shipwrights of Redriff ( ''ie.'' Rotherhithe) in the
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". This led to a dispute about jurisdiction between the two companies, which was resolved in 1684 when the ''Rotherhithe charter'' was cancelled. The Shipwrights' Company received confirmation of its
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status in 1782.


Membership

Ever since
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's reign the company continues to enjoy a special connection with the
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, several of whom are liverymen today;
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was installed on 10 May 2011 as Prime Warden and served for 2011–2012 before succeeding his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, as Permanent Master
Shipwright Shipbuilding is the construction of ships and other Watercraft, floating vessels. It normally takes place in a specialized facility known as a shipyard. Shipbuilders, also called shipwrights, follow a specialized occupation that traces its roo ...
on 16 February 2012. Whilst sons and daughters of members can join as freemen of the company, only those with a professional maritime background (
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or
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) may become liverymen. The company supports maritime
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, numerous
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, as well as the work of the
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, the
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and the
Sheriffs of the City of London Two sheriffs are elected annually for the City of London by the Liverymen of the City livery company, livery companies. Today's sheriffs have only nominal duties, but the historical officeholders had important judicial responsibilities. They have ...
. The company is also involved in charitable educational activities, which includes the support of the London Nautical School and George Green's School in London. The current
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to the Shipwrights' Company is Lt-Col Richard Cole-Mackintosh, whose role combines that of executive officer as well as supporting the Prime Warden: Deputy Doug Barrow (''for 2015–2016''). The company's Honorary Chaplain is the Revd. Canon Bill Christianson.www.lloydslist.com
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See also

*
Shipbuilding Shipbuilding is the construction of ships and other Watercraft, floating vessels. It normally takes place in a specialized facility known as a shipyard. Shipbuilders, also called shipwrights, follow a specialized occupation that traces its roo ...
(''Shipwrights' origin'') * The Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony (Past Prime Warden Shipwright) * The Lord Mountevans ( Lord Mayor and Shipwright) * Zunft (''Germanic equivalent'')


References


External links


The Shipwrights' Company website
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