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Not strictly related to the navy but had members who were in the navy...the Port of London Society and the Bethel Union Society. Both were involved with promoting religion to sailors.

More about the Bethel Seamen's Union. The objectives of the society were:

1. To unite and extend the prayer-meetings now established in various ships on the river Thames.
2. To ascertain the state of British seamen in every sea-port throughout Great Britain, both in the navy and merchant service, and adopt such measure, in connexion with friends in maritime towns, as may best conduce to their moral and religious interest.
3. To establish a foreign correspondence, and solicit information and direction as to the best means of doing good to foreign sailors, so that the limits of this society shall be the circumference of the globe.
4. To publish a Sailors' Magazine.

From: The Christian Herald - Volume 6 (1819), edited by John Edwards Caldwell.




The Times of October 11th, 1821, contains a report part of which I quote below:

" .... BRITISH AND FOREIGN SEAMEN'S SOCIETY AND BETHEL UNION .... the anniversary meeting of the above most excellent society, which has for its important object the diffusion of the Holy Scriptures and religious principles among seamen, by establishing floating chapels, was held at the City of London Tavern.... the room was filled almost to suffocation by a most respectable assemblage of ladies and gentlemen; and so numerous were the persons who could not obtain admission that the report of the society's proceedings for the last year was read in the large dining-room below, which also was filled with person of both sexes.

Over the raised platform in the principal room the Royal standard was displayed and on each the blue Bethel flag*, with the word "Bethel" inscribed. Several beautiful models of naval ingenuity was exhibited ...... the Right Hon. Lord Gambier, KCB, took the chair amidst warm applause. He were supported by several reverend and naval gentlemen. ...."




* Scroll down for the Bethel flag.


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"...the Hibernian Marine Society in Dublin, for maintaining, educating, and apprenticing the orphans and children of decayed seamen in his Majesty's royal navy and merchant service....The boys are admitted at eight years of age, security of not less than 10l. to be given for their demeanor and conduct at their admission. None but the children of decayed, reduced, or deceased seamen are received into this charity. The boys are apprenticed only to the sea service or seafaring persons; the equipment of each boy when apprenticed is not to exceed 3l. 2s. 5d in expence [sic] of every kind. They are taught writing, arithmetic, and navigation."

From: Schomberg's Naval Chronology (Volume I)

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"...the Hibernian Marine Society in Dublin, for maintaining, educating, and apprenticing the orphans and children of decayed seamen in his Majesty's royal navy and merchant service....The boys are admitted at eight years of age, security of not less than 10l. to be given for their demeanor and conduct at their admission. None but the children of decayed, reduced, or deceased seamen are received into this charity. The boys are apprenticed only to the sea service or seafaring persons; the equipment of each boy when apprenticed is not to exceed 3l. 2s. 5d in expence [sic] of every kind. They are taught writing, arithmetic, and navigation."

From: Schomberg's Naval Chronology (Volume I)









I've searched through the TDA for mention of the Society but haven't come up with much except about financial matters in the House of Commons where the Chancellor of the Exchequer moved on several occasions resolutions which included the following entries.


" .... February 13th, 1786 - that 100l be given to the Hibernian Marine Society; ..... April 18th, 1818 .... 2,753l ...."


There is mention of the Society on the Trinity College, Dublin, website. view here and also here.


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Another society with ties to the British Royal Navy is the Marine Society, which still exists today.

Here is their website: Marine Society & Sea Cadets



.....and in specific regard to the Sea Cadets, here is mention of the Norwich Sea Cadets and, of couse, Nelson.

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