Marine Society - Realising Seafarer Potential

Published: Friday, April 8, 2022 - 10:24

From training young sailors to supporting the modern maritime community with their professional development, the Marine Society was the world’s first charity dedicated solely to supporting seafarers.

The Marine Society was originally established in 1756 by Jonas Hanway, a trader who wanted to establish a trained crew of recruits for the country’s ships.

Hanway reached out to orphans and boys from poor backgrounds and gave them naval training. This meant they were equipped to crew on the King’s ships, and enabled them to develop a respected career, when few other opportunities were available to them.

The charity continued to support young people on training ships up until 1944, when the Second World War caused a shift in direction. After the war, the charity refocused its efforts on helping those who did not have the financial means to make a career on the sea.

In 1976, the charity refocused again, this time on education when it merged with the Seafarers Education Service, reinforcing its position of supporting the maritime community even further. In 2004, it merged with the Sea Cadet Association to form the Marine Society and Sea Cadets

Today the Marine Society champions the well-being, personal and professional development of seafarers, by delivering a range of services that are used and respected by seafarers across the globe. This includes delivery of maritime apprenticeships and qualifications, financial support, advice and guidance, mentoring and a specialised books and library service.

Marine Society see their membership of Port Skills and Safety as vital to engage with PSS members in the port skills agenda and with a view to being a provider of choice for new and existing apprenticeship standards in this sector

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