Now I must confess, despite being a member of the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners for twenty-nine years, I still don’t know the collective noun for Commanders (although there’s bound to be some
know-alls knowledgeable Masons out there who’ll doubtless enlighten me). From bitter experience I’m convinced it must be a Prompt of Past Commanders but for Commanders I really don’t know. Perhaps it could be a Confusion, or maybe a Cacophony, or even a Conundrum? Yes it’s probably the latter because at Old York TI RAM’s April regatta, paradoxically, there were three of them and none were visitors. Work that one out!
On this memorable evening Bro. Roddy Fraser was elevated into the Flagship Lodge of the Fleet in fine style. As you’d expect, the ritual was eloquently ship-shape and Bristol fashion with Keelhaul Keith and John Buoy Brooke steering the candidate safely through uncharted seas. The two venerable Salty Sea dogs from North and East steamed their way majestically through the Working Tools, and Ian Murray Nichol’s broadside of the secrets was a joy to behold.
Throughout all this our veritable Monarch of the Sea, John Brian Luccock, sat resplendent in his glittering, gold-encrusted RAMGR regalia shipped in especially by Grand Lodge.
Bro. John Briggs, who’d bravely paddled across from Morley RAM to see how ritual should be performed, was so impressed by the ceremony and the long-distance salvoes between Long John Jagger and ‘Steady as she goes’ Eddie Wilkinson, he insisted on responding for the visitor at the festive board.
Commodore Peter Spence is now taking his emulation of our Patriarch to another level on the Plimsoll line by, in future, only elevating candidates two-by-two. So make sure you chart a course for Old York TI RAM on 29 October and reserve your mooring early to join us for the next thrilling meeting.
Oh, and if you haven’t managed to solve the Conundrum of Commanders, here’s the answer: They’re all members of Old York TI RAM Lodge.
W.Bro. Michael Holgate PAGDC