The Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society, or Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society as it’s more commonly known, was founded in 1839 to assist the survivors of shipwreck and to support the widows and orphans of those tragically lost at sea. Today the Society is one of the largest maritime charities operating throughout the UK and Ireland, and its main function is benevolence and the payment of discretionary grants through its countrywide network of Honorary Agents.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society provides financial help to merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependants who are in need. It pays an immediate grant to the widow of a serving seafarer who dies, whether death occurs at sea or ashore. Regular grants are paid to former seafarers, their widows and partners, whose circumstances justify ongoing support. Special grants are made to meet particular needs in crisis situations. Practical assistance is given to seafarers of any nationality shipwrecked on the coast of the British Isles.