Marine Society

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Marine Society

East India Marine Society

East India Marine Society

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marine society libraries

East India Marine Society

PEARS, Charles (1873 - 1958), President, Society of Marine Artists

Marsham, Charles (1841 - 1905), DL, JP, President of the Marine Society

BOSANQUET, Henry Theodore Augustus (1870 - 1959), Vice-President: Marine Society and Society for Nautical Research

PARKYN, William Samuel (1875 - 1949), SMA; marine and landscape artist; member of Pastel Society

CAUSER, William Sidney (died 1958), Trustee Chelsea Arts Club; Member of Council Artists General Benevolent Institution; Member of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and of National Society; Member Society of Marine Artists

KING, Cecil (1881 - 1942), Vice-President, Society of Marine Artists; Member, Société Nationale des Beaux Arts de la Mer, Paris; marine and landscape painter and writer

SMART, Borlase (1881 - 1947), professional artist, painter, Etcher and Poster Designer; Hon. Treasurer, Society of Marine Artists; Pres. Hon. Secretary, St Ives Society of Artists, Cornwall; Member of the Cornish Gorsedd

JENKINS, (Thomas) Gilmour (1894 - 1981), Vice-President, Royal Academy of Music; Member, London Philharmonic Orchestra Council; Vice-President, Marine Society

SCOTT, (Warwick) Lindsay (1892 - 1952), Archæologist; a Director of Marine and General Life Assurance Society, of Power Jets (Research and Development) Ltd and of Times Veneer Co

GILL, David (1843 - 1914), President British Association 1907–08, of Royal Astronomical Society, 1909–11, and of the Institute of Marine Engineers, 1910–11

HERON-ALLEN, Edward (1861 - 1943), Hon. Member, Accad. St Cecilia, Rome; President, Royal Microscopical Society, 1916–18; Hon. Member, Manchester Micr. Society; Marine Biologist and Zoologist; Lieut 6th Vol. Bn Royal Sussex Regt, 1917 (France, 1918)

EMANUEL, Frank Lewis (1865 - 1948), Acting President, Society of Graphic Art; late Instructor of Etching, Central School of Arts and Crafts; Member, Art-Workers’ Guild, and Society of Marine Artists; President, British League for the Rescue of Art

SMITH, Hely (1862 - 1941), artist, oil and water-colour, marine and figure; member and Hon. Treasurer of the Artists’ Society and Langham Sketching Club; Hon. Treasurer Royal Society of British Artists since 1915


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Founded in London in 1756 by Jonas Hanway (1712–86), a governor of the Foundling Hospital and a commissioner of the Victualling Board. He started the society to save destitute boys from the streets of London and to help man the British Navy with them at the start of the Seven Years War (1756–63), and it is now the oldest public maritime charity in the world. Boys from this source were appreciated by naval captains of the time as they compared favourably with the men brought in by impressment. In 1772 the society was incorporated by an Act of Parliament to clothe and equip all seafarers and from 1786 it provided pre-sea education and training in a succession of training ships moored on the Thames River. By 1940, when the last of these had been paid off, over 110,000 men had been recruited, equipped, and trained for both the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy. After the Second World War (1939–45) the society concentrated on providing financial and material support for young people embarking on careers at sea, and on supporting other maritime youth organizations. Today, it continues to promote careers at sea with scholarships and loans, and through giving over 600 young people a year a taste of life at sea in its training ship, the 150-tonne Earl of Romney. It also provides seafarers with recreational and educational reading while at sea, and during 2002 over 375 ships and marine installations worldwide were supplied with libraries that are regularly updated.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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