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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 2014-15 alone, we:
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:
“For over 175 years, our aim has been the same – to relieve distress among the seafaring and ex-seafaring community.
Thankfully, shipwrecks are fewer these days but they still occur, bringing tragedy in their wake, and then there are those who have left the sea, through accident, ill health, for compassionate reasons, or on retirement, and their dependants, who are living on meagre incomes and can find themselves in financial difficulties and in need of assistance.
Please feel free to contact us (link to Contact Us) should you require further information about any aspect of our work. Your support is much appreciated. Thank you.”