The Federation of
Merchant Mariners


Tea with the Admiral

The Admiral of the Port of London the 685th Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Rt Hon Roger Gifford and Tommy Steel, Vice President of the FMM, both presented Veterans with their United Kingdom Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badges.

The Veterans presented with Awards were: Mr T Ballinger, Capt M R Bremburg, Mr J Clifford, Mr D G Fuller, Mr V K Manns, Mr J Man, Mr D Neal, Mr E Pass, Mr S J Robinson, Mr A M Schafer, Mr T A Stokes, Mr R Taylor, Mr D Tuckett, Mr A Wipperman and Mr B Wood. They were all accompanied by their partners and guests.

Please Note: the above is a very abreviated version of the much longer article in the most recent edition of New Horizons.

Our Man in Aberdeen

William Summers, our Representative from Aberdeen came south of the border with verteran colleagues to visit the Merchant navy Memorial at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire,

Federation Executive reads the Kohima Epitaph

Peter Burmanm Treasurer of the Federation and President of The Merchant Mariners of Wight, who served as Purser with Union-Castle for many years, said "It was both a moving experience and a great honour to remember and pay tribute to all those merchant mariners and fishermen who gave their lives in times of war and for whom the sea is their grave."

35 Years Old and Still Going Strong

Congratualtions to the Marine Officers' Society of Thanet (MOST). MOST celebrated the 35th Anniversay of their first Committee Meeting held in June 1978. An outstanding club serving the interests of its' Members, and Marine Officers generally. Well done to MOST, a model for us all. We are delighted that MOST is an affiliated member of the Federation and is represetned on our National Council.

Common Sense Prevails at Last for the Ushakov Medal

The entrenched policy of HM Government not to allow Arctic Convoy Veterans the Russian Ushakov Medal has at last been overthrown. The medal granted by Russia may at last be worn as an official medal. There are now very few Veterans still surviving and the Medal Office will be contacting those who are still elegible to receive the Award.

Don Staddon - Honorary Deputy Master

Don Staddon has been appointed an Honorary Deputy Master of the Federation of Merchant Mariners. To quote the CEO Derek Bristow , "Don has been a member of Council for many years and has done an excellent job for the recognition of the MN and our Veterans. Your work to bring about the production of the stamps and your involvement in the BoA Anniversary were outstanding."

Don took part in the launch of the MN stamps aboard Cutty Sark and was at the reception on HQS Wellington.

To view the Merchant Navy Stamps click here

Tommy Steele presenting Veterans Badges to Seafarers.

Vice President of the Federation of Merchant Mariners Tommy Steele OBE presented Veterans Badges to seafarers at the Queen Victoria Seamens Rest on the 26th July 2013.

Working with the Queen Victoria Seamens Rest the Federation of Merchant Mariners arranged for their Vice President to attend and some 200 guests and maritime organisations were present.

Tommy Steele, Alexander Campbell CEO of the QVSR and our CEO Derek Bristow sharing stories of their time at sea.

Merchant Navy Postage Stamps

Don Staddon's campaign to get the Post Office to authorise the creation of a set of Merchant Navy Stamps has paid off. The provisional launch date is to be September 2013. He's hoping that the Battle of the Atlantic will be commemorated.