Thomas Spert was Clerk Controller of the Navy at a time when Henry VIII was becoming increasingly involved in shipbuilding in London.
He founded Trinity House, which to this day retains the same prime objective – the safety of shipping and the welfare of seafarers.
Sir Thomas Spert was Master of Trinity House for 27 years. After his death the constitution was changed, with all Elders or Masters holding their positions for only three years. After this time they had to stand down or be re-elected by the Trinity Court of Brethren.
He is said to have lived in a 14th-century wooden manor house at Coldharbour in Blackwall. The house was still standing in 1881 when it was 152 East India Dock Road.
Sailing Master of the 'Mary Rose'.
Sailing Master of the 'Henri Grace a Dieu' (the 'Great Harry').