Victory Marine Lodge 6160

Victory

Upminster Masonic Hall,

Deyncourt Gardens,
Upminster,
Essex

email: umhpb@btconnect.com

Centre Website: www.thesquareatupminster.co.uk

RM14 1DF

Regular lodge meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday in October (installation), February & April. Also on the first Wednesday in December & second Monday in June. Visiting brethren are always most welcome. All enquiries relating to lodge matters may be directed by email to the lodge secretary, Peter Morris. morripe@blueyonder.co.uk

History

The Victory Marine Lodge was consecrated on 31st October 1945 at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street. It was founded by freemasons who were associated with the sea in a general sense and with the port of Tilbury in particular. 

They originally wanted to name the lodge as ‘The Tilbury Lodge’ but were unable to do so because a Tilbury Lodge was already in existence. It naturally followed then, that as that was the year celebrating the victory of the Second World War and the founders largely being mariners, the name ‘Victory Marine’ was born.

This victory had come at great cost, both in lives and ships, and the last thing many local mariners saw when leaving home was Tilbury Fort.  This was also the first thing that the survivors would see on their return to Tilbury Docks. Consequently, Tilbury Fort features centrally to the emblem on the Past Masters’ Jewel and is also depicted on every lodge summons.

The ships that travelled the world are also depicted, one of which is on the emblem with a map of what we believe to be the major trading routes out of Tilbury at the time as its backdrop. 

Finally, from the deep of the sea, a hand of friendship grasps the ‘Laurel Leaves of Victory’ in commemoration of those who did not return from the conflict and whose bodies are spread over the four quarters of the globe. So Victory Marine Lodge was founded.