Hermitage Community Moorings (HCM) is a co-operative which built, owns, and operates a mooring on the Thames in Wapping next to what used to be Hermitage Wharf, now Wapping Memorial Gardens.
The mooring provides berths for up to 23 vessels; they are predominantly residential live-aboard historic vessels, mainly river barges, plus there are a couple of visitor berths for use by any type of vessel, old or new, for up to two weeks in four. HCM provides well-managed river access for local people, including educational and recreational facilities.
HCM was created by a small, dedicated community over the course of about 6 years and is the first development of its kind on the Thames for more than a generation. The co-operative members entirely self-funded the planning, design, management, construction, installation, and operation of the harbour. The infrastructure is designed to create a small, close-knit community of people committed to boat use and the preservation of historic craft.
Part of its ambition is to ensure traditional river craft (e.g. sailing barges, tugs and motor craft) remain part of the Wapping landscape for future generations – and to create a local landmark that promotes Wapping’s historic links with the river.
Update: Given recent events, we hope you understand that to give our community space to grieve, we felt it inappropriate to hold our open day this weekend. We welcome people who wish to leave flowers [...]