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Celebrating 264 years of maritime impact

Celebrating 264 years of maritime impact

To celebrate 264 years of Marine Society and Day of the Seafarer we bring you a testimonial from cadet Henry on how Learn@Sea has helped him develop during lockdown.

In April while the whole of the country was in lockdown and life was very bleak I received an email regarding courses available online through the Marine Society. Being a Sea Cadet and wanting to go into the navy in the future I thought it sounded very interesting. It gave me time away from home learning and a different focus but still learning at the same time.

Maths isn’t my strongest subject so I decided to sign up for maths@sea first. Having a nautical theme got me engaged straight away. I then tackled writing@sea which was again based around the nautical theme. I felt proud of being given this opportunity by The Marine Society to sign up for free through my local Sea Cadet unit, TS Eliza Adams, Wells-Next-The-Sea. The instant printable certificate was something to show off the achievement. It gave me a focus of still being involved with cadets while all face to face contact had stopped due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It helped to take my mind away from all of the things that had promptly stopped which I loved to do - Sea Cadets being a big part of my life. This made me want to look into the other courses available through the Marine Society.

Cadet Henry learning first aid at Wells-Next-The-Sea Sea Cadets.

Spreadshets@sea was another free course but I was a bit disappointed there was no printable certificate! For £2.99 I decided to sign up for the Geography@sea and I found this course fun. My favourite one out of the four.

I will certainly go and do further courses in the future through the Marine Society and would highly recommend to anyone who is either a seafarer or Sea Cadet

Ordinary Cadet Henry T.

Aged 14

Wells-Next-The-Sea Sea Cadets

100 years of Marine Society crew libraries

100 years of Marine Society crew libraries

On 29 May 1920, the SS Aeneas sailed for Australia with a library of 150 books on board. This was as a partnership between the pioneer of seafarer education, Albert Mansbridge of the newly established Seafarer Education Service and enlightened Liverpool ship-owner, Lawrence Holt of Alfred Holt and Company’s Blue Funnel Line.

Libraries on ships were not necessarily new and had been present on passenger ships since the late 18th century. But this was a bold move to improve the welfare of seafarers by the man who lay the foundations of what would become the educational arm of the Marine Society.

In was a great success and natural history titles proved to be very popular. On the following voyage the number of books had increased to 200 and loans exceeded 1,000.  Within 10 years the provision of libraries had become universal within the British Merchant fleet with four hundred carrying SES libraries.  By the 1960s this number had increased to 600 ships.

The service continues today, 100 years later albeit in smaller numbers. Marine Society loan libraries still exist on National Oceanography and British Antarctic Survey ships but the majority of fleets have switched to non-returnable paperbacks and the newly launched digital library app.

The Marine Society digital library app is definitely the future for onboard libraries as seafarers can now download books to read on their phones or tablets. They can access thousands of books in the language of their choice to enjoy at leisure. After 100 years the Marine Society is still at the forefront of supplying libraries to ships.

£10,000 grant to support Seafarers during Covid-19

£10,000 grant to support Seafarers during Covid-19

We’ve granted £10,000 to Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society to be used towards the significant rise in applications for financial support associated with the COVID-19 crisis. In recognition of their vital work in conjunction with other maritime charities. We hope our contribution can go some way to sharing the burden on charities and helping seafarers through these troubling times.

Find out more about Shipwrecked Mariners' Society here.

New Stability@Sea course available to download

New Stability@Sea course available to download

Our award-winning Learn@Sea platform has just launched a new course called Stability@Sea, which covers all aspects of the buoyancy and stability of vessels. It is presented in bite-size topics. Content is user-friendly, combining technical diagrams, images and self-test exercises to check understanding.

You can download this course as an app on Android or iOS.

You can also download English@Sea, Maths@Sea, Maths@Sea Plus and Writing@Sea. We have a wide-range of courses from Modern Slavery to Media@Sea. For further information contact

Marine Society’s new apprentice scheme

Marine Society’s new apprentice scheme

Marine Society was delighted to learn this month that their application to join the register of apprenticeship training providers was successful. This DfE register allows approved providers to deliver apprenticeship training within England and Wales, funded out of employer-levy funds. This marks a new phase in the Marine Society’s portfolio of services and will bring about greater integration with Sea Cadets learning and delivery colleagues as we add this to our portfolio of training programmes. It also aligns well with plans to build careers promotion and pathways for Sea Cadets and young people.

Marine Society will now enter a planning and development phase to determine which apprenticeships in the marine and outdoor leisure markets could suit our expertise and meet the needs of employers in those sectors. If staff have past experience of apprenticeships or would like to contribute to moving this forward, do get in touch.