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All aboard HMS Tyne

Published on: 4 August 2023

In the last two weeks, we have had the pleasure of being invited on board as guests of our affiliated Service Unit, HMS Tyne. With a new look on the exterior, life on the ocean wave remains a very busy time! Liveryman Peter Sturge MBE tells us more...

HMS Tyne is our affiliated naval unit and considered to be one of the busiest vessels in the fleet, said to be at sea for nine days in ten.

Entering the Royal Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth on 26 July, through the “Trafalgar Gate”, the WCB 'boarding party' were identified and registered, before being escorted in a convoy of their cars to the quayside where HMS Tyne had berthed earlier that morning. Crew members, already busy unloading 'gash' and taking on stores, made way for our group and we were met at the head of the gangway by the First Lieutenant. 

Since the last WCB visit the Tyne had had its hull repainted in “dazzle” camouflage patches of green, blue and grey.

Our visit commenced on the Bridge, where the role of the ship was described, the tasks performed by crew and their three watch system. With just thirty-six crew usually on duty, many sailors were trained to multi-task. The tour then continued below deck, with refreshments in the Wardroom, the opportunity to view the living quarters and the ship's galley.

Whilst living conditions seemed cramped to some Liverymen, those of the party due to participate in the Round the World Clipper Race (including Liveryman Andrew Berisford) on 3rd September, thought them comparatively luxurious!

All aboard for WCB and the 2023 Clipper Race team

We asked many questions and learned much about life in a modern warship. It was a most successful, informative and enjoyable visit and I would encourage everyone to jump at the chance to get on board next time!

After we had left the next task for HMS Tyne was to act as the Royal Navy's 'guard ship' for “Cowes Week” where our Past Master, HRH The Princess Royal, visited the ship on 3rd August.

Former Clerk and Honorary Freeman, Cdre Anthony Morrow CVO, joined the Skipper the day after the royal visit and was pleased to report that all went well!

Liveryman Peter Sturge MBE

Cdre Anthony Morrow CVO & Skipper, Lieut. Cdr. Hugo Floyer

An invitation to the Livery from the Commanding Officer of HMS Tyne

The Commanding Officer of HMS Tyne, Lieutenant Commander Floyer, has kindly offered to host members of The Worshipful Company of Butchers onboard the ship while ‘along side’ in Portsmouth Naval Base.

The date is Tuesday 12th September 2023 from 10.30 – 13.00.

The visit will include a welcome drink, tour of the ship, with either a buffet/canapé selection or possibly a sit-down lunch depending on numbers attending.

Partners and family members are welcome depending on numbers wishing to attend, where priority will be given to Liveryman. Should you like any of your children to accompany you they will need to be 12 years of age or older. 

Any Liveryman interested in attending should contact Assistant Julien Pursglove – Military Liaison.

Email: or call 07544 997859 

NB: Please be aware that HMS Tyne is an operational naval ship and could be required to deploy at short notice prior to the visit.