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

Since 1839, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society 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.


2015 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

(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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SS Empire Florizel

On this day (21 July) – WW2 Shipwreckollections

SS Empire Florizel (1909-1943) The SS Empire Florizel was built in 1909 by Lithgows Ltd. (Glasgow) and owned by the Ministry of War Transport during the WW2.

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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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2015 photography competition winner bernie peterson smooth harbour

2016 Photography Competition

Enter our annual competition celebrating Britain’s enduring connection with the sea and show us your ultimate ‘sea view’!

Photo: ‘Smooth Harbour’ by Bernie Petterson, winner of the 2015 competition

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