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Society Chief Executive speaks on Merchant Navy service cancellation

The Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Commodore Malcolm Williams, has spoken to BBC Radio Sussex about the unfortunate cancellation of the service to recognise the sacrifice of the Merchant Navy, planned for Tuesday 17 October.

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SS Polvena

On this day (17th October) WW1 Shipwreckollections

SS Polvena 1904-1917 British cargo vessel, SS Polvena, was built in 1904 by J. C. Tecklenborg, Geestemünde. At the time of her loss, the Polvena was owned by J. Herron & Co., Liverpool.

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On this day (12th October) WW1 Shipwreckollections

SS W. M. Barkley (1898-1917) W. M. Barkley was a British cargo ship that was built in 1898 by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon. At the time of her loss a century ago, she was owned by Guinness A. Son & Co. Ltd., Dublin.

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Christmas Card Appeal Launch

Mayor of Chichester Launches Annual Christmas Card Appeal

The Mayor of Chichester, Councillor Peter Evans, has visited the Society’s headquarters to help launch its annual Christmas Card Appeal in support of seafarers in need across the UK.

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SS Bostonian

On this day (10th October) WW1 Shipwreckollections

SS Bostonian (1896-1917) British cargo vessel, SS Bostonian, was built in 1896 by William Gray & Co. Ltd., Sunderland. At the time of her loss during WW1, the steamer of 5,736 tonnes was owned by Leyland Frederick & Co. Ltd., Liverpool.

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Merchant Navy service is sunk by Council’s refusal to waive red tape

Merchant seamen braved storms and German submarines during the First World War but a service to recognise their sacrifice has been defeated by a six-foot wide stretch of tarmac. The only national event for the merchant navy and fishing fleet during the war’s centenary commemorations has been cancelled after the City of London was accused […]

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SS Toledo

On this day (5th October) WW1 Shipwreckollections

SS Toledo (1880-1917) SS Toledo was a British passenger and cargo vessel built in 1880 by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Glasgow. At the time of her loss a century ago, the steamer of 1,222 tonnes was owned by Leith, Hull & Hamburg Line.

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Captain Patrik Norrgård & Captain Marek Rowinski

Skilled & Gallant Rescuers Honoured at Awards Ceremony

Outstanding acts of skill and gallantry have been recognised this week at a national awards ceremony held in London. Two merchant ship Captains and an RLNI lifeguard were given awards in recognition of their outstanding acts of skill and gallantry for saving lives at sea. The national Skill and Gallantry Awards, now in their 166th […]

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SS Almora

On this day (2nd October) WW1 Shipwreckollections

SS Almora (1899-1917) British cargo vessel, SS Almora, was built in 1899 by Henderson D. & W. & Co. Ltd., Meadowside. At the time of her loss a century ago, the steamer of 4,385 tonnes was owned by Houlder, Middleton & Co., London. On 2 October 1917, the Almora was travelling on a voyage from […]

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