David Gower talks about the amazing work being done by Sailors' Society chaplains around the world.


Merchant seafarers are at the very heart of our work. We want to make sure their voices are heard, their troubles listened to and their needs are met.

We are an international Christian charity working in ports around the world where the need is greatest. Our network of chaplains come alongside seafarers on ships and in ports to provide Christian ministry, welfare care  and practical support.



Volunteer ship visitors and port chaplains urgently needed!

Sailors' Society help thousands of seafarers every year through a network of chaplains and ship visitors who extend hospitality and provide practical, emotional and spiritual support wherever it is needed.

Could you join our network and make a difference to the lives of those who visit our shores?

Support your port and volunteer today...

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Each year we reach thousands of seafarers to ensure that the impact on them and their families is minimized. We do this by providing pastoral care during times of distress and practical support when loneliness and isolation becomes too much. We want to be there for seafarers, their families and relatives when disaster, piracy or personal tragedy occurs.

We believe families should be together, but it is not possible all the time. So we want to make sure that seafarers receive good welfare support, frequent communication with their families, and have access to spiritual and pastoral care whenever they meet a Sailors' Society chaplain.

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Helping Seafarers and their Families


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