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Who We Are

About the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society

Since 1839, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has provided financial assistance to fishermen and mariners and their dependants who have suffered hardship, misfortune or poverty, as a result of an accident, illness, disability, unemployment or retirement.


As a maritime charity, our goal is to make a tangible difference to people’s lives when it’s needed most. In the last year, we:

  • Made regular and one-off grants in over 1,700 cases amounting to £1.3 million
  • Handled 700 new applications for assistance
  • Took on 127 new regular beneficiaries

The people we help are mainly retired or permanently disabled seafarers and their widows/partners. Beneficiaries are typically aged 50 and above (although of course we consider enquiries from people of all ages) and have backgrounds in the fishing industry and Merchant Navy. Their sea service may have included time in the Royal Navy as well.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society helps by providing:

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If it wasn’t for our supporters, we could not provide seafarers and their families with the essential help they need.

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