The Federation of Merchant Mariners

Calendar 2017

March 13th Commonwealth Day
April 13-16th Tall Ships Festival - Royal Borough of Greenwich
April 23rd St Georges Day
May 8th Victory in Europe Day
May 9th Soviet Victory Day
June 11th Annual Service, Falklands Islands Memorial Chapel, Pangbourne, Berks
June 24th Armed Forces Day
June 24-30th Seafarers Awareness week
July 9th Sea Sunday
September 3rd Merchant Navy Day + Merchant Navy Day Service, Tower Hill, London
September 29th World Maritime Day
October 11th Annual National Service for Seafarers, St Paul's Cathedral, London
October 21st Trafalgar Day
November 11th Armistice Day/Remembrance Sunday - Cenotaph, Tower Hill, nationally


The Chief Executive's New Year Message. I trust and hope you all had an enjoyable and peaceful Christmas. My thoughts were with you all especially those who were not in the best of health or who had suffered bereavements... To continue click here...

Continuing to bring the Service of the Merchant Nay to the Heart of the Nation. Captain Peter Morris Master of the BP Tanker MV British Tay travelled great distance to begin the most memorable period of his life. A period where danger was ever present and survival called for great courage and outstanding skills of seamanship. To continue click here...

Council meets at the Queen Victoria Seamens Rest - 28th September 2016. Those attending were Commodore Ron Warwick, Sir Robert Crawford, Captain Martin Scott, Stuart Edmonston, Professor Brian Cotton, Liam Skeham, Tony Stokes, Derek Bristow, and Jane Curr (Council Secretary). To continue click here...

We Had the Best of Times. By Brian Cotton, Life President of the Radio Officers Association. ‘Brian, we had the best of times.’ That was what my old friend in Singapore said when thanking me for his copy of The Long Silence Falls (of which more later) last Christmas. To continue click here...

Looking Astern. The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen were as bright as they could be for holders of the United Kingdom Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge. The City of Aberdeen together with the Federation of Merchant l\/lariners hosted a St Andrews Day Presentation in.the Town and County Hall. To continue click here...

A Link With America In the last issue of New Horizons we discussed the recognition of mercantile marine veterans in the USA, with the introduction of a Congressional Gold Medal for WWII veterans. To continue click here...

Crossed the Bar

Captain Bernard King, crossed the bar on 18 May 2016. Bernard had long been a stalwart supporter of the Federation, and it had always been a pleasure and privilege to meet with him again at the Annual Seafarers’ Service in St Paul's Cathedral. Your CEO and his Assistant attended his funeral.

Thomas Hurd age 89, passed away 17 March 2016. Thomas was one of our oldest and much cherished members.

John Pattinson, Engineer Officer with Cunard, passed away 6 October 2016 whilst in Florida.

James Murray, of Aberdeen, a valued member of the Federation, crossed the bar October 2016.

Peter West, on passed away 9 May 2016. Peter was the original Secretary and Editor of the QMA newsletter

Sylvia Mitchum, who served on the Queen Mary as a Nursing Sister. Sylvia was a founder member of the QMA.

Gabriel Jaffe, who was the Ship's Surgeon on the Queen Mary. Gabriel was a past Mayor of Bournemouth and a GP for more than 50 years.

Ivor Herbert (Joe) Payne, on 4 February 2016. Joe was a Masseur on the Queen Mary.

John Edward Cool, passed away 28 March 2016. Joe was a 1st Class Waiter on the Queen Mary.

Melvyn Henry Hall, passed away 9 October 2016

John Arfman, passed away 4 January 2017 aged 79. John started as a Commis Waiter and went through to be a 1st Class Waiter. He served on Caronia, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, QE2, also P&O ships The Pride of Bilboa and The Pride of Le Havre.