On 15th February 1928, twenty one Master Mariners, all square rigged sailors met in Royal Mail House, Southampton, UK, and formed the Southampton Master Mariners’ Club
The motto “In Omnia Paratus” (in all things ready and prepared) was chosen.
The secondary title “The Cachalots” was adopted on the suggestion of Frank Bullen, a Master Mariner and writer of stories of the days of sail.”The Cachalot whale had the thickest skin, blew the hardest and spouted the most!”
The club badge was designed by Laurence Pritchard, an artist friend of Reg Gleave OBE ( the Club’s first Hon. Recorder who was present at the inaugural meeting) and he also executed the beautiful illuminated Certificate formerly presented to Stowaways, the first of whom were the Rt Rev F T Woods, Lord Bishop of Winchester, and Admiral of the Fleet, Earl Jellicoe of Scapa.
The current Rules (2013) state that:
The object of The CACHALOTS shall be to maintain and foster social and professional comradeship amongst Master Mariners and other persons having an interest in ships and the sea, and to provide in as far as may be possible, a convenient meeting place for members. The CACHALOTS shall be non-political.
In addition, The CACHALOTS aim to encourage and support maritime youth charities, and all those embarking on a career in the marine industry.
The Club presently has approximately 275 Cachalot Members and is based at the Royal British Legion Club in Southampton, where we have office facilities and a meeting room.
c/o Southampton Royal British Legion Club, Eastgate Street, Southampton, SO14 3HB
Tel 023 8022 6155