We’ll be supporting Merchant Navy Day on Thursday 31 August by flying the Red Ensign to honour the brave men and women who have served in the Merchant Navy during the two world wars, and who continue to serve, to ensure we have supplies to keep our island nation afloat.
They suffered the very first casualty of the second world war when the S.S. Athenia, a merchant vessel that was torpedoed with the loss of 128 passengers and crew just hours after hostilities were declared.
Since then the 3 September has been acknowledged as Merchant Navy Day.
As an “island nation” the UK relies on these seafarers for 90% of our imports, including half the food we eat. The UK has the largest ports industry in Europe. 75% of our exports (by volume) are shipped from UK ports, some of which are supporting the campaign by encouraging visiting ships to sound their horns at 10 am on 3 September.
Cllr Beverley Parry-Jones, Armed Forces Champion, said, “It’s important to acknowledge the loyal service and pay tribute to all those that have served, or are serving in the Merchant Navy, their work makes an incredible contribution towards the wellbeing and economy of our nation. On behalf of Wrexham County a big ‘Diolch’ (thank you) from us all.”
What is the Merchant Navy?
Previously known as the Merchant Fleet the title ‘Merchant Navy’ was granted by King George V after the First World War to recognise the contribution and sacrifices made by merchant sailors during that war.
The British Merchant Navy comprises the merchant ships that transport cargo and people during times of peace and war.
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