WITH REFERENCE TO THE MAY 2010 issue of Sea Breezes and the request from Peter Meldrum, about The Watch Ashore. I am delighted to say that The Watch Ashore is still alive and well. It is an organisation that was formed in 1933 for the specific purpose of allowing its members, wives/partners, mothers, sisters, girlfriends, of Merchant Navy Officers, to get to know each other and to provide support and friendship, while working to the same end of lobbying the public for reforms to the Merchant Navy.
In 1933, The Watch Ashore lobbied for reforms and today the reforms we are lobbying for are remarkably similar – better conditions for the Merchant Navy, better safety and better training. The branches also support various national and local naval charities and also fundraise for the National Past Chairman’s Charity, which for the next two years is The Mission to Seafarers. 16 Branches have been formed since 1933 but sadly with the demise of the British Merchant Navy we only have 8 branches left: Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humber, London, Plymouth, Southampton and Sunderland.
Full membership is open to wives, widows, mothers, daughters, sisters of all Merchant Navy Officers and also to anyone with an interest in matters to do with the Merchant Navy. More information on our history and details if you wish to join us is on our website;
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