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The total amount of operations of the Society during the past year, is as follows: The visits paid on board ships in London and Provincial Ports bave been ...
23,803 The number of Religious Services held on board ships amount to
1342 The number of Religious Services on Shore are
The Seamen attending services on board ships have been ...: 20,561} 31,972
Bibles and Testaments distributed in London and Provincial Ports :
1570 English, Welsh, and Foreign Tracts distributed Visitations to Lodging Houses
5676 to Sick and Dying Seamen..
1186 to Sailors' Families
3149 Children taught at Seamen's Day and Sunday Schools Loan Libraries (total number on board ships)..
One of the earliest affiliated associations is Camberwell. In this locality, the claims of seamen and the interests of your Society have found constant supporters. The unwearied activity of their long-tried friend and fellow-labourer, Captain Charles Allen, of the Royal Navy, has obtained liberal aid on its behalf. To their numerous other friends, whose influence and zeal have been equally noble and well sustained, the Directors have to express their deep sense of obligation. The total amount of contributions for the past year has been £100, making a total of £2457, remitted to your funds since the first formation of this Auxiliary.
The Islington Auxiliary has continued to evince a deep interest in our great object. The fast-declining health of one of your most steady and active friends, Captain – Dougall, of the Royal Navy, has rendered it impossible for him to devote himself, as now, for many years, he has been accustomed, to those active duties on behalf of the Society in which he took so much delight. The Directors are happy to have it in their power to report that E. S. Eardley, Esq., has kindly engaged to become Secretary, from whose devotedness and zeal they confidently anticipate continued, and even enlarged co-operation. This Auxiliary has contributed during the year £100 4s. 5d., making a total of £1731 8s. since its establishment
The East London Auxiliary has lately been revived. During the year their Treasurer, Mr. J. Howlett, has remitted
£45 16s. 4d., making, with £7 expended for local operations, and a small balance in hand, £53 6s. 2s.
The Auxiliary at Spa Fields has continued to evince its deep interest in our cause.
Finsbury Chapel Auxiliary has recently manifested additional sympathy. A great number of Collectors have come forward to aid the Society; and it is confidently expected, that under the hearty and sincere co-operation of the Rev. Dr. A. Fletcher, the esteemed Pastor of this church, enlarged and permanent efforts by his congregation will mark the growing interest taken by Christian Ministers and Deacons in favour of your great object.
The Auxiliary established at the Tabernacle, Moorfields, is alike active and devoted.
In the west of London the Directors hope shortly to establish Congregational Auxiliaries. Several influential ministers and laymen in this district have recently expressed a strong desire, as soon as practicable, to aid the Society in this neighbourhood; and the Directors have no doubt, that through their hearty co-operation the Society will shortly receive the full benefit of an extensive and powerful organization of effort.
Other metropolitan districts are also ready to follow this example. It may, therefore, be confidently hoped that, ere long, the whole of the London districts will be enlisted in the great object contemplated by the Society.
At Greenwich and Blackheath there is also the prospect of soon forming an efficient Auxiliary.
It is matter of satisfaction to the Directors, that whilst, during the past year, the income from uncertain sources, such as - donations and collections by cards, &c., is somewhat less than
before, provision has been made in numerous cases for its permanent increase, by the formation of local Auxiliaries. From this source alone nearly £900 has been contributed this year, and there is every prospect of a considerable increase in future, from the vigour and energy exhibited by most of these Associations, both in town and country. Your deputations have been most cordially welcomed wherever they have represented the claims of the Institution, and a willingness to co-operate for its support universally manifested.
The reductions in expenditure proposed at the last annual meeting have been carried into effect, and the Directors anticipated the pleasure of announcing a proportionate lessening of their liabilities, but on account of several of the country Associations not having forwarded their usual remittances until after the completion of the balance-sheet, they are prevented from doing so. Yet, the balance now in hand is considerably larger than that announced by the Treasurer at the audit of the accounts, and this will be immediately appropriated to the liquidation of the outstanding debt.
The Directors have to lament the removal by death of two of their old and attached friends, the late Rev. W. Hordle, of Harwich ; and Miss Parminter, of Exmouth ; who have mani. fested their lively interest in the welfare of the Society by each of them bequeathing a legacy of £100 to its funds. One of these payments has been already received, and the other will be maile in the course of a few weeks.
It has been the intention of the Directors to make a vigorous effort to enlarge the number of annual subscribers to the funds of the Society, and they have for this purpose engaged the services of a gentleman, in every way qualified for the undertaking, to canvass the metropolitan district. They have thought it desirable, however, to delay the commencement of his operations until the College Committee were prepared with a definite plan relative to that undertaking, which might at the same time be circulated. This has been matured, and measures will immediately be adopted for carrying it into effect.
The Directors feel persuaded that the friends of the Society and the Christian public will fully sympathise with them, when they state their conviction that more ought to be done to raise the moral, intellectual and social character of the mercantile nayy of this commercial country, than has yet been accomplished. Under the conviction of this solemn obligation, they are prepared, if adequately sustained, to undertake and prosecute various plans, the results of which, they confidently anticipate, would not only place this Institution in a position of commanding influence, equal to the magnitude and value of the objects it aims to accomplish, but secure incalculable moral and religious benefits to a very numerous and long neglected class of our fellow-men.
1. One important desire they are solicitous should be immediately realised, is to increase the number of efficient agents.
The number of missionaries is wholly inadequate to the 300,000 sailors belonging to the mercantile service; and to the peculiarly emphatic claims which every one of this large number of our fellow-men has upon our immediate and unwearied efforts. To enable them to make these efforts, the Directors intend to urge, by means of the press, serinons, public meetings, and personal appeals, directed to persons of all ranks and denominations, the claims of the Society ; and they hope to be able to report that every principal town and district in the kingdom, not at present enlisted in our support, will shortly be visited, and brought into active cooperation.
2. Another plan relates to the issue of publications specially adapted to interest seamen and the public. The power of the press is all-important for every class, and for none more so than for seamen.
The value of suitable books at sea can scarcely be overrated. The Directors believe that such books, in order to secure all the purposes designed, must be original productions, and embrace a class of subjects not yet taken up, but which have only to be prepared in a suitable forn, and sold at a cheap price, and they would prove selfsustaining; while the direct influence they would exert upon sailors themselves, and the deep sympathy they would enlist in the public on their behalf, would open out an enlarged sphere of commanding usefulness, and hasten on the period when the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto God.
3. A third proposition is the establishment of a Nautical College, in which every branch of science connected with the professional improvement of masters, mates, and others may be taught; and where certificates of character and merit may be obtained. This truly national object has engaged a very large share of anxious deliberation, the results of which are stated in the following Report of the College Committee :
“ Your Committee having frequently met to deliberate on the best means of executing the work intrusted to them, found it necessary, prior to making an appeal to the public for contributions, to agree on the plans of collegiate operation, to define the principles on which the College must be founded, to discuss important topics connected with its government, and to secure the co-operation of such gentlemen
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SANITS during the year; and in so doing they cannot deny phemselves the gratification of again urging the continued sympathy and enlarged efforts of Christian philanthropists on behalf of British seamen. They are the main arm of the national strength. But for them, commerce would cease; and, with its interruption, all our national institutions would be placed upon the eve of destruction. But even this, their relative importance, resolves itself into the one essentially vital question of character. Impart to this the moral elevation of which it is capable, and not only will commerce obtain a permanent and all-pervading security, through which it may be enlarged, preserved, and honoured—not only will British seamen become examples of self-respect, intelligence, and personal piety—but while, through their exertions, our country will continue to receive the products of all other lands, in the purity of their character we shall present to the world a living embodiment of the richer and imperishable blessings secured by the religion of the Son of God.