Royal Ark Mariner

The Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner

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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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Royal Ark Mariner

Pro Grand Master's Address 2018

Address of the Pro Grand Master
M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith
Annual Assembly of Royal Ark Mariner
Tuesday, 11 December 2018

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Brethren, it is a great privilege, delight and pleasure to have the honour to preside at today's meeting, to welcome so many to this Grand Assembly of Royal Ark Mariners. The Grand Secretary tells me this is one of the best attended Grand Assembly meetings and that indicates that support for this delightful order in our Masonry is stronger than ever.

Before proceeding further it is my duty to bring you fraternal good wishes from our Most Worshipful Grand Master. His busy schedule prevents him from being with us today but he is always aware of our proceedings and his interest is as strong as ever. He has been with us on several important occasions during this year and we are indeed most fortunate to have him as our Most Worshipful Grand Master.

This annual meeting of our Order is important, but to more than 150 Brethren who have received appointments to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank, most of whom have been invested today, it marks a most significant milestone in their Masonic life.  They have shown their dedication to Masonry in general and to this Royal Ark Mariner Degree in particular and have succeeded in extending their Masonic knowledge so successfully to have warranted their appointment to Grand Rank. Congratulations to all of you and it has indeed been my great pleasure and privilege to have invested you today.

All of you who have received preferment should rightly be proud of your achievement and here in this Grand Assembly, in your Provinces and in your Lodges your appointment to this high office will rightly be recognised. I hope however that having achieved such high office your dedication will not diminish but that you will continue with your commitment to this Order and will encourage others to follow in your footsteps.

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Rulers

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

M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith
Pro Grand Master

R.W.Bro. John H. Prizeman
Deputy Grand Master

R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison
Assistant Grand Master

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