Sailors’ Society joins the nation in sending condolences

International maritime charity Sailors’ Society has joined the nation and Commonwealth in sending condolences and our grateful thanks for the 70 years of dedicated service Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has given as monarch and as the charity’s Patron. 

Sailor’s Society Chairman Peter Swift said: “We have always felt we had a very special relationship with her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was our Patron from her ascension to the throne in 1952 and her first solo royal duty as a Princess was for the Society, opening our Sailors’ Home in Aberdeen in 1944.  

“She supported our work from then on and we are so thankful for the years of her interest and involvement and her care for seafarers worldwide. We share the deep sadness at her passing with those in the maritime industry across the globe and extend our heartfelt sympathies to the entire Royal Family for the loss of a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.” 

Sailors’ Society CEO Sara Baade added: “We have been truly blessed and proud to have such a dedicated and loved Sovereign as our Patron for the past 70 years. Our archives contain wonderful messages of support from Her Majesty and photographs of her at key moments in our history. 

“Our chaplains across the world will be comforting seafarers over the coming days, who like so many of us are having to come to terms with the loss of someone who has been a constant in our lives.” 

One chaplain in Ukraine, Sergey Bezvershenko, sent the message below after hearing the news: “It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Patron of Sailors’ Society. On behalf of the Ukrainian chaplains, I bring sincere condolences to the Royal Family, the entire United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and Sailors’ Society over this irreparable loss. Our prayers are with you.” 

Sailors’ Society archives hold numerous articles and photographs of engagements Her Majesty performed with and for the Society. Editions of the Society’s magazine Chart and Compass, which date back through eight generations of the British monarchy, show how Sailors’ Society in turn honoured notable dates over the Queen’s reign. 

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