Renfrewshire Council

Supporting our seafaring community

Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day on 3 September has honoured the brave men and women who kept our country afloat during both World Wars and has celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers.

This year, we will be holding a flag-raising service at Renfrewshire House where we will raise the Red Ensign - the UK Merchant Navy's official flag.

The Merchant Navy, past and present, has often been an unsung service, but many of those who have served have shown sacrifice and bravery.

During the World Wars, Merchant Navy seafarers kept the UK supplied and often suffered losses as enemy forces targeted merchant and fishing vessels.

As an island nation, the UK depend heavily on the Merchant Navy and it is important that their contribution is recognised - 95% of imports and 75% of exports are carried by ship.

The campaign to raise the Red Ensign across the nation each year on this day has been organised by Seafarers UK.

Seafarers UK helps people in the maritime community by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families through organisations and projects that make a real difference to people's lives.

I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to Renfrewshire House on Monday 3 September at 11am to support our seafarers and veteran community.

The service will be followed by teas and coffee in Paisley Abbey where I'd love to hear any memories or stories of the Merchant Navy you might want to share.



Published 17 August 2018