Monday, March 22, 2021

Annual Gallantry at Sea Awards Seek This Year's Nominations

A Chance to Honour Those Who Risk All to Save Others
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – Once again the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society is calling for nominations from the members of the maritime and rescue communities naming those who have demonstrated outstanding bravery and expertise in aiding those in peril at sea, for its annual Skill and Gallantry Awards.

Looking back on 170 years of these awards gives a spine tingling experience, seeing how so many have selflessly ignored extreme peril to aid those in trouble on the ocean. Since 1851, the Society has presented the awards to individuals and crews who have shown courage, bravery and expert skill in rescues at sea and once again is on the lookout for our seafaring heroes.

Nominations for the Skill and Gallantry Awards are now open with the Society seeking worthy recipients for its Lady Swaythling Trophy, Edward and Maisie Lewis and Emile Robin Awards, as well as for Crew and Individual Commendations, which all encompass different acts of bravery shown during air/sea rescues.

The Charity is calling for nominations relating to rescues that took place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2021. The closing date for submissions is 12 noon, Friday 7 May 2021. It is hoped that this year’s awards ceremony will take place as usual at the Society’s Annual General Meeting in October, should Covid-19 restrictions allow, after the Charity held its AGM virtually for the first time in its 182-year history last year. Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Captain Justin Osmond, said:

“This year more than ever, the Skill & Gallantry Awards will allow us to commemorate the unsung heroes of the maritime industry. Whilst the majority of us have been staying indoors under strict lockdown rules, let us not forget about the extremely hard-working maritime community that have been out at sea in dangerous conditions working as key workers throughout the pandemic.

“We sincerely hope that we can hold a physical event for this year’s Skill & Gallantry Awards as we would love nothing more than to come together and celebrate the maritime community and thank those that have been protecting the lives of others at sea.

“Whilst those working within the maritime and rescue communities are often humble and consider themselves to only be doing their job, it is important that we recognise and celebrate truly heroic acts and as such, I encourage anyone to come forward who has a nomination to make.”

Founded in 1839 after the tragic loss of a fleet of fishing boats in 1838, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society provides financial support to individuals in need who have worked or are still working at sea in the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, as well as their dependants. Last year the Society established a £1 million Covid-19 Response Fund to provide financial support to UK merchant seafarers and fishers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

To submit a nomination for this year’s Skill and Gallantry Awards, contact: Capt Justin Osmond RN, Chief Executive, Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, 1 North Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TL Tel: 01243 789329 email:

Photo: The crew of the Super Puma ‘Rescue Bond 1’, which won the Edward and Maisie Lewis Award in 2013 for an outstanding air/sea rescue.