News: Seafarers past and present to be commemorated on Merchant Navy Day

Local councils throughout the UK have been invited to support a campaign to raise awareness of ‘island nation’ Britain’s dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

The charity Seafarers UK has called on councils to fly the Red Ensign – the British Merchant Navy’s flag – on 3 September. Suggested venues include flagpoles in public places, on civic buildings, museums, libraries, schools and churches.

All participating councils are listed on a ‘Roll of Honour’ at

Merchant Navy Day has been observed in the UK since 2000. The campaign to ‘Fly the Red Ensign’ was started last year to remind UK citizens – none of whom live more than 70 miles from the sea – that they depend on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of imports.

Seafarers UK’s president HRH The Earl of Wessex said: ‘I very much hope you will support this campaign to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.’

For further information about the ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ campaign please