North West of England Outport

About this Outport

The North West Outport is based in Liverpool on the River Mersey and in excess of 80 members of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners are registered with the Outport including a growing number of younger members, Apprentices and Associates. A significant number of our members are sea going, many of whom have been in command for many years.

Outport Honorary Secretary for NW England

Captain Les Hesketh CMMar


We hold 6 official meetings each year, four of which are primarily for members to discuss local issues and to express their views to the various professional committees on Wellington and to the Court.  Every three years, members of the Outport elect one of our senior members represent our views at Court.  Our Court representative is also an elected Court Assistant.  The four professional meetings are held in Liverpool about 3 to 4 weeks prior to each scheduled Court meeting.

We are fortunate to have the support of Messrs Brookes Bell, an international Company of Marine surveyors and consultants whose head office in Liverpool is kindly made available to members of the outport to hold their official meetings.

There are two social meetings each year, the Masters and wardens lunch held in Liverpool in November and the Ladies lunch in Chester in May.  The Master, Clerk and Wardens attend both these functions. Members spouses and friends are most welcome at both these events.

Both lunches are always very well attended with several members from neighbouring Outports also joining us.

Social Events – “The Liverpool Wardroom”

The Outport strives to emulate the facilities and experiences enjoyed by members who visit HQS Wellington. To this end, we have an amicable arrangement with a local public house in the centre of Liverpool, Ye Hole in Ye Wall

We hold informal gatherings monthly at this pub on the 3rd Monday of every month and on the days when we hold the formal three monthly meetings.There is no agenda, no minutes just chatting as those in the Wardroom on Wellington would do. It is a very popular meeting place with all ages from first trip apprentices to the ancient mariners. We frequently become aware of issues concerning our members which are then labelled to appear on the agenda of our next professional meeting.