Our history

Supporting the maritime community since 1917

In 1917, a new charity for the maritime community was established. Such was the impact of so many seafarers who had been maimed or lost at sea during the Great War that the King was prepared to give his name to this new charity, and so it became the King George’s Fund for Sailors.

Since then Seafarers UK – as it is now known – has helped all seafarers who are in desperate need, and their families, across the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets.

2017 marked 100 years since Seafarers UK was established, and to mark this the charity is fundraising to support its beneficiaries under its Centenary theme of ‘Supporting Seafarers: Past, Present and Future’.



We invite you to take a look at the history that shaped our charity in our newly published Centenary Brochure below and our Centenary Timeline.