Hermitage Community Moorings
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.
Hermitage welcomes the historic vessel Havengore for the September open days weekend, in the year of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. It will be open to visitors during the normal open day hours of 11am to [...]
After more than three years tug Touchstone returns to Hermitage Gates open 11am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday Motor tug Touchstone will be arriving from Chatham Historic Dockyard to be open to visitors, there will [...]
Lockdown Exhibition 2021: KEEPSAKE (Keep Safe) After a grim winter at the mooring with no Wassail, no Imbolc and no New Year’s parties we held an exhibition in the Pierhouse – it started out as [...]
Tea & Cake in the Pierhouse this Saturday and Sunday
2016-06-16 Today is the saddest day of this close community. We have lost a dear, dear friend in the the most tragic and outrageous circumstances. We pay tribute to our amazing, wonderful and spirited [...]
05:30 Friday 1st August and the moorings was a buzz. Four of our barges were away to Faversham for the Kentish Sailing Association's 42nd Swale Match. It was the first down river trip for crew on [...]
After being stranded in Belgium for weeks due to bad weather, we're excited to welcome our latest addition to the moorings, Labor Vincit!
Highest tide we've seen on the moorings. So high the entrance gate was under water, flooding the electrics for an hour before the water fell enough for James to get in to fix.
The Kentish Sailing Association's Swale Match, now in it's 41st year, has become a tradition for the boats at hermitage. Congratulations to the following for their awards: Cabby, although not regularly moored at Hermitage she [...]