Southampton-based maritime charity Sailors’ Society marked Merchant Navy Day today (3 September) by raising the Merchant Navy’s official flag, the Red Ensign, at its head office in Woolston.
Merchant Navy Day commemorates the men and women who kept trade going during both world wars and honours those currently at sea, who are responsible for transporting 90 per cent of the goods we use every day.
Sailors’ Society’s CEO Stuart Rivers said: “The charity supported thousands of men and women from the Merchant Navy who were affected by both world wars and we continue to support seafarers and their families to this day.
“In raising the Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day, we are honouring seafarers past and present for their bravery and hard work.”
Sailors’ Society has been bringing people together for 200 years, transforming the lives of seafarers and their families at home, in port and at sea through the delivery of chaplaincy, education and the relief of poverty and distress.
The charity works internationally to provide practical, emotional and spiritual welfare support to the world’s 1.6m seafarers, regardless of background or faith. Sailors’ Society chaplains and ship visitors have a presence in 91 global ports, with wider projects and services covering 30 countries.