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Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society - Image titled Homeward Bound, by John Roberts, winner of the Working at Sea category of Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society's annual Ultimate Sea View competition

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society turns 180!

Some ACO members have been around for a surprising number of years, and this year one of our oldest members Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is celebrating their 180th anniversary with their campaign Shipwrecked One Eighty.

The national maritime charity is celebrating 180 years of supporting fishermen and mariners in need this year. The society was set up in 1838 as a result of nine fishing vessels and 21 men becoming lost at sea when fishing in the Bristol Channel, and it was determined that something needed to be done to help those affected by shipwreck.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is calling on the public and seafaring community to submit their personal memories, stories and historical recollections, either through images, poems or prose, that best represent what the maritime and seafaring community means to them.

Entitled Shipwrecked One Eighty, the Society will create a ‘catalogue’ of 180 submissions to mark its anniversary, celebrating the history of the UK’s maritime community since the charity was formed.

Captain Justin Osmond, Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, said: “As the Society reaches the auspicious landmark of 180-years-service, we’re celebrating by commemorating the people, places and stories that have contributed to the merchant maritime and fishing communities we’ve supported throughout our history.”

Source: Shipwrecked Mariners Society