Royal Ark Mariner

The Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner


HRH Grand Master 300The Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner, more commonly known as RAM, has been under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons since 1871 and governed by the Grand Master's Royal Ark Council. However, its early history is obscure. Statutes refer to Grand Lodge being reconstituted in 1772. It is recorded that the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons took possession of the rights to the Grand Lodge of Royal Ark Mariner on 10 June 1884 for just £25.

Lodges are attached, or moored, to Mark Lodges assuming their Number in the Roll and to be a member the Candidate has to have been advanced as a Mark Master Mason. There the similarity ends. In chronological terms it precedes the Mark by hundreds of years because it relates to the building and voyage of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood and has none of the other characters that we meet in Freemasonry.

There are no individual Ranks within either Province or Grand Lodge. Brethren holding those Ranks suffix their name with Royal Ark Mariner Provincial Grand Rank or Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. The Grand Master of the Mark is, ipso facto, the Grand Master of the Degree of Royal Ark Mariner.

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Admiral Beatty Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 594 
Celebrates its Centenary with a Banner Dedication Ceremony

Right Worshipful Brother John Herbert Prizeman, Deputy Grand Master (centre left, holding the Centenary Warrant), was delighted to make a visit to Wellingborough Masonic Hall on Thursday 3 May 2018; to take the Chair and preside over the celebration of the Lodge’s Centenary.

Following this he handed the gavel to Right Worshipful Brother Robert Andrew Stokes, Provincial Grand Master for Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire (3rd from right), who led the Banner Dedication Ceremony.

A full, informative and entertaining history of the Lodge was delivered by the Worshipful Commander, David Snape, R.A.M.G.R. (centre right), which was followed by an equally captivating Oration from Worshipful Brother Reverend Tony Avery, R.A.M.G.R. (2nd from right).

In-line with the nautical connection of the Royal Ark Mariner Degree, the Lodge is named after one of the important naval figures of the day: Admiral Sir David Beatty, who had been appointed First Sea Lord in November 1916. It was Beatty’s part in the battle of Jutland in 1916 which cemented his reputation in the British psyche.

After the meeting closed the Brethren retired to dinner which included fabulous roast beef joints carved at the dining table, echoing the serving of the beef 100 years ago at the Consecration meeting in 1918.


M.W.Bro. His Royal Highness
Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO
Grand Master

M.W.Bro. John H. Prizeman
Pro Grand Master

R.W.Bro. Francis C. Spencer
Deputy Grand Master

R.W.Bro. Prof Denovan K. Wilson
Assistant Grand Master