Greenwich is always called 'maritime' and many many local men went to sea both in the navy, and many more in the merchant marine. 22nd June this year will be Sea Sunday when the Greenwich Royal Naval Association will be holding a service for Seafarers at Christchurch East Greenwich at 3.pm. at 4.44 when they will lay wreaths on the Knuckle at Park Row (that’s the river front next to the statue of Nelson outside the Trafalgar Tavern) in remembrance of those who lost their lives on the waters.
And - while we're talking about Greenwich and the sea perhaps I should mention the Docklands History Group which meets at the Museum in Docklands. Their newsletter has just come with a long report on a talk about 'The Life of a Ships' Pilot' - a history of the men who take the ships from the river into the open seas. Their next meeting is on 5th June at 5.30 and features Chris Ellmers on 'Early Cargo handling and labour management in the West India Docks 1802-1840' and they are also advertising an all day seminar on 'The Docks, Empire and Slavery' on 14th June. This needs to be booked in advance and costs £12. 0870 444 3855 firstname.lastname@example.org