1970s

  • May 1970

    The Fund produces its first Bulletin newsletter

  • Rising inflation and living costs put pressure on households of already limited means and risked affecting charity donations.

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  • 20 October 1972

    The Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea establishes ‘rules of the road’

    The new 'rules of the road' for ships and other vessels at sea aim to reduce the risk of collisions.

  • The oil crisis of 1973 coincided with a rise in the price of coal and strike action by British miners led to the lights being switched off.

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  • 1976

    The Fund supports record 100 maritime charities

    Despite difficult economic conditions, the Fund was able to continue appealing and raising money for seafarers and their dependants, supporting 100 maritime charities across a wide geographical spread, each with their own remit, specialisms and objectives.

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    This meant beneficiaries could get the care they needed, where they needed it. Faith organisations also made their contribution, with missionary societies offering both spiritual and practical support to seafarers across land and sea.

  • The enforcement of three-day working week in early 1974, as a way of limiting energy consumption, brought about blackouts, reduced earnings and job losses.

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  • 07 July 1977

    James Bond London premiere raises funds for the Fund

    Funds raised at the London world charity premier of The Spy Who Loved Me went to King George's Fund for Sailors. This was followed by another James Bond premiere of Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997 that also generated funds for the charity.

  • The amount of fish landed by home fishing fleets in 1973 peaked at one million tonnes.

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  • 27 August 1979

    The Earl Mounbatten of Burma, the Fund’s former President, assassinated in Ireland

    The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the Fund's President from 1942 to 1977, was assassinated at his summer home in Mullaghmore, Ireland. The Fund paid tribute to him as 'a great patriot to whom we owe an immense debt of gratitude'.

  • From the 1970s onwards, incidents of terrorism cast a dark cloud over homeland security, having a direct impact on the maritime charity community.

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