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Throwing a lifeline to seafarers and their dependants in need.

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Throwing a lifeline to seafarers and their dependants in need.

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Celebrating Britain’s proud and enduring connection with the sea.

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Every year, many former mariners reach crisis point due to financial hardship or illness

Since 1839, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society charity has been providing vital financial support and practical assistance to merchant seafarers, fishermen, and their dependants in need.

In 2014-15, we paid out £1.4 million in grants in more than 2,000 individual cases of need brought about by debt, illness, disability, unemployment or retirement.

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Can We Help You?

We have helped many thousands of people in their time of need. If you are a serving or former merchant mariner or fisherman, or a dependant of one, get in touch now to find out how we could support you.


2016 Annual Report

For full details of how our funds are used and the difference we make, download a copy of our Annual Report.


Latest News, Events & Videos

MV Empire Spenser

On this day (8 December) WW2 Shipwreckollections

MV Empire Spenser (1942-1942) The MV Empire Spenser was a British war tanker, built in 1942 by Harland & Wolff Ltd., and owned by the Ministry of War Transport. She was to meet her end on 8th December 1942.

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(VIDEO) Remembering the Merchant Marine and Fishing Fleets’ Contribution During WWI

This video, produced by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, explores the often forgotten contribution of and major losses faced by the Merchant Marine and Fishing Fleets during World War One.

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Cards & Gifts

Purchasing our charity Christmas, everyday correspondence and birthday cards, and more unusual items not found on the high street, is a great way to support us.

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Support Us

We need your help. If it wasn’t for you, we could not provide seafarers and their families with the essential support they need.

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Where We Operate

Explore our interactive map to find out where our Honorary Agents and collecting mines are situated.

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Skill and Gallantry Awards 2016

Skill and Gallantry Awards

Since 1851, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has presented annual Skill and Gallantry Awards to recognise the UK’s unsung sea rescue heroes, as well as those who have given outstanding service to the charity.

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