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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.

Photography Competition

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.


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


London to Paris Cycle Ride

17 intrepid cyclists Trustees, their families and friends cycled from London to Paris to raise money in aid of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society and are congratulated on their sterling efforts. If you would like to support their achievement then you can do so by donating through the following Just Giving pages: Just Giving – Shipwrecked […]

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SS Samsuva

On this day (29th September) WW2 Shipwreckollections

SS Samsuva (1944-1944) The SS Samsuva was a British cargo ship. Built in 1944 by New England Shipbuilding Co., Bath (USA), she was owned by the Ministry of War and Transport during her short active life.

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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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Photography Competition

Our annual competition celebrates Britain’s enduring connection with the sea and encourages people to showcase their ‘ultimate sea view’.

Photo: ‘Nice day for a cruise’ by David Lyon, winner of the 2016 competition

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