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WILLIAMS, WILLIAM F.1758-1793
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Charity Cards and Gifts

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society offers a range of quality hand-picked greetings cards and gifts, the proceeds of which enable us to support those who need it most.

Our calendars and books make great gifts and highlight the rich and fascinating maritime heritage created by generations of seafarers.

Buy online

Browse and purchase from our range of quality charity cards and gifts in our online gift shop.

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…in person

Visit our Head Office in Chichester to browse our cards and gifts. Our office is open throughout the year Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm. We look forward to seeing you!

…or by phone/mail

To request a brochure, please call 01243 789329 or send an email to our card and gift team.

Our gift range at a glance

  • Cards

    Correspondence cards

    These beautiful every day cards are left blank inside for your own message.

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    Maritime birthday cards

    Great for seafaring aficionados or as cards with a difference, this range features images from the Stanhope Alexander Forbes Collection, courtesy of the Bridgeman Art Library.

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    Quality Christmas cards (seasonal release only)

    Our Christmas Card Appeal is one of our key fundraising activities. Our festive cards are available to buy from August to December and include great value Christmas card multipacks.

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  • CDs and DVDs

    Stamp and Go (CD)

    Enjoy five original tracks of wreck and rescue recorded by sea shanty group Stamp and Go of Cornwall to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.

    To order at £5 each please contact Sylvia White on Tel: 01243 789329 or email swhite@shipwreckedmariners.org.uk.

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    Sea Warriors – The Royal Navy in the Age of Sail (DVD)

    For fans of Hornblower, Aubrey/Maturin, Bolitho and other great seafaring tales this definitive 60 minute documentary film explores life in the King’s navy during the Napoleonic wars from the Captain to the pressed men, gunner to cook.

    To order at £6.00 each please contact Sylvia White on Tel: 01243 789329 or email swhite@shipwreckedmariners.org.uk

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  • Calendars

    Nautical Heritage calendar

    Produced in association with the British Mercantile Marine Memorial Collection, this calendar depicts on twelve picture postcards unique scenes of merchant and fishing steamships accompanied by full narratives giving the history and context of each ship. This is truly a unique calendar.

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    You may also be interested in our Ships Gallery, where you can find out more about each of the images featured in our calendar.

  • Books

    Seaview Postcards Book

    Each book contains 12 postcards – 2 each of 6 photographs judged winning entries in the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society’s annual maritime photographic competition.

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    Heroism at Sea

    This e-book gives a unique and detailed history of the Awards for Skill and Gallantry presented by the Society since 1851 for selfless acts of bravery. This would no doubt tempt anyone with an interest in maritime history and love of the sea.

    To order CDs at £9.95 each, please contact Sylvia White on Tel: 01243 789329 or email swhite@shipwreckedmariners.org.uk.

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    Sunset and Evening Star Vol. II

    This is a collection of favourite poems, thoughts and quotations to comfort and inspire, kindly submitted by friends of the Society.

    To order at £4.50 each, please contact Sylvia White on Tel: 01243 789329 or email swhite@shipwreckedmariners.org.uk.

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    Signalman Jones by Tim Parker

    This book is based on the recollections of Geoffrey Holder-Jones, with a foreword by Rear Admiral John Lippiett CB, MBE, who says the book gives ‘a real feel for the fighting Royal Navy in the middle of the last century’. Copies are available to buy from our Head Office at £9.95 plus £2 for postage and packing.

    Signalman Jones (later Lieutenant-Commander Geoffrey Holder-Jones DSM, VRD, RNVR) was born in Liverpool in 1915, and his remarkable exploits at sea during the Second World War are here told for the first time.

    After he survived a German mine in the Thames estuary in 1939, the war took him, commissioned as a naval officer, to Iceland, Spitsbergen and the USA. Given command of his own ship, he patrolled the waters off Canada and Newfoundland before returning to Britain in 1944.

    This true story, written by Tim Parker on the basis of personal conversations and a scrapbook entrusted to him 60 years after the war, illuminates one of the great achievements of the war – the beating of the U-boat blockade off the American coast by squadrons that were little more than motley collections of armed trawlers and whalers.

    A keen observer with an eye for the absurd, his story is shot through with the good shipmate’s sense of decency and humour that sustained him through the ordeals of convoy duty in the Arctic Ocean and the dark years of the war.

    “I was asleep when the mine exploded. I woke in inky darkness.”

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    Dan White Titles (Two)

    To order the two books below, please contact York Publishing Services

    • Address: 64 Halfield Road, Layerthorpe, York YO31 7ZQ
    • Tel: 01904 431213

    A share of the profits from the sale of these books is donated to the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.

    It Never Rains

    It is the mid-1970s, towards the end of a golden era at sea, when Christopher Ross joins m.v. Reliant, where his first hours aboard bring hardship and misery. Books are priced at £7.50 each.

    On his first night aboard, there is threat in the shape of a big deckhand, and then an encounter with a violent shore-side character who seems to be linked to the mate in some mysterious enterprise.

    The mate is a martinet of the old school, but Chris is happy while on watch with the easy-going second officer, and enjoys the close friendship of Smiles, his happy-go-lucky fellow cadet, and Peter, the dry-humoured junior engineer.

    Further mystery is introduced when Ross and Smiles are approached by ‘the pale young crewman’. The captain is taken ill, and a charismatic old man takes command in Durban. After this series of rare events begins, there’s a loss of communication, near shipwreck on a coral reef and other adventures around the atoll. Their rigging of sail, like their inventive fresh water-making, solves some problems, before they are becalmed and out of food. With them virtually at the end of their tether, comes terror and death in the form of a relentless pirate attack.

    Amusing interludes include a trip ashore, crossing-the-line ceremonies, and a unique barbeque bringing crew and officers together. Their relief on reaching Singapore is tempered by sadness, recrimination and even romance, but the story ends with the promise of complete fulfilment for Chris Ross.

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    Spirit of the Sea

    This is a collection of stories about seafarers and their ships, mainly fictional, but with many of them based on fact. Books are priced at £6.50 each.

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    Nelson’s Avenger and the Smugglers of Plymouth Sound, by Jack Spence

    On 21 October 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar, Midshipman John Pollard of HMS Victory shot the French marksman who killed Vice Admiral Lord Nelson. Since that momentous day he has been renowned as the ‘Avenger of Nelson’. This is the story of Commander John Pollard’s (1786-1868) fascinating life.

    To order, please forward a cheque for £12 per copy (inc postage and packing) to Jack Spence, 10 Armada Road, Cawsand, Cornwall PL10 1PQ. A share of the profits from the sale of this book is donated to the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.

    Born the son of a Cornish smuggler, John Pollard joined the Royal Navy at the age of eleven, achieved a long and distinguished naval career and earned a place in history that far exceeded the expectations of a smuggler’s son.

    For further information about the book, please contact the author by email.

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    Shelley the Lifeboat Labrador, by John Periam (for Kindle only)

    This book by respected photojournalist John Periam relates to experiences in the late 70s and early 80s around his life in Suffolk and his eventual move to Shoreham-on-Sea where he became a member of Shoreham RNLI lifeboat crew. During this period he had a Labrador called Shelley and a close bond of friendship developed between man and dog which saw John through personal traumas. Shelley shared her life with John for 13 years before she went over the ‘Rainbow Bridge’. A great read for those who love the sea as well as those who love dogs!

    Visit the Amazon website to purchase and download the Kindle edition.

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