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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.

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

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…in person

We’re currently not open for in-person shoppers, however if you have an urgent requirement, please telephone 01243 789329 to order and arrange to collect cards from our premises at 1 North Pallant, Chichester. Thank you.

…or by phone/mail

To request a brochure, please call 01243 789329 or send an email to our cards 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 maritime scenes by Terrick Williams, courtesy of Bridgeman Images.

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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

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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


  • Calendars

    Maritime Photography Calendar

    This Calendar is A4 size opening to A3 for hanging and features 12 wonderful sea views that were all entries in the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society’s annual Maritime Photographic Competition.

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  • 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.

    To order CDs at £5.00 each, please contact Sylvia White on Tel: 01243 789329 or email




    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


    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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


Cards & Gifts

Buying Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society greeting cards can be a great way of supporting us. We have a full range of charity cards and gifts!

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