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 thousands of seafarers in desperate need, and their families, across the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets.

In 2017, the charity celebrated its Centenary and published a special Centenary Brochure and an online Centenary Timeline. Please take a look below at the history that shaped our charity.