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SHIPWRECKED MARINERS5 SOCIETY.. Ceatral Office; Hibernia Chambers, London Bridge, S.E.. We insert the following at the request of a gentleman in this town, who takes a lively interest in the above Society. i THIS very excellent Institution was established in the year 1839, and incorporated by Act of Parlia- ment in 1850 and it affords us pleasure to add, that the object for which the promoters designed it has been fully carried out, far beyond their most san- guine expectations. Nothing is more difficult than to found a society for the alleviation ofprcbable mis- fortunes, as in the hey-day of our own ease and amusement, we little calculate on the casualties which may occur with change of circumstance or season. For example, at that period of the year, when London becomes comparatively deserted", and most families are off on their annual trip of pleasure and recreation, some to Brighton, Ramsgate, Mar- gate, or other watering-places on the Sussex or Kentish coast; others to Southend, Walton-on-the Naze, or Harwich some taking a further trip north- wards into Suffolk or Yorkshire, and enjoying the sea breezes of Lowestoft or Scarborough, while thou- sands of other families prefer their seaside trip to the fashionable vi,ateri n g-pi aces of North and South Wales, or, perhaps, the distant coast of Cornwall, Dorsetshire, or Devonshire, the Channel Isles of Guernsey or Jersey, or, nearer home, to that most charming spot of wild romance at Black-gang Chine., and similarly attractive ocean scenery in the varied localities of the Isle of Wight,- there is nothing in bright weather to induce this host of summer visitors to believe that there needs a society for the future help of those happy and skilful mariners and fish- errnen who take us on a sailing or rowing trip over the glassy surface of a summer sea. Occasionally some gentle undulating swell tells us that this world of waters is capable of emotion but we never allow our minds to dwell on what a dangerous time it is when the storm and the wind rage across its decep- tive bosom in the snows of winter, or in the fluctu- ating hazards of an equinoctial gale. If the plea- sure-seeker has no such forebodings, these denizens of the sea-side hamlet will not rake up a tale of win- ter's horror when stern necessity compels the poor fisherman to venture on the deep to gain subsistence from his craft for wife and children, or a piteous J narrative of the dangers so many thousand mari- ners are compelled to undergo from their precanous lot, in life, and whose avocation it is "to occupy their business in great waters." But let our readers meditate on the urgent calls there are for anticipa- tion of the direst calamities by shipwreck, and the heavy sweJ! that swamps the boat of the poor fish- ermen, and proves a cause to make many happy wives lone widows, with hundreds of young child- ren fatherless and dependent on-the world. If these sea-side visitors who are only like summer swallows, remaining while sun and sea are bright, and calm, would investigate the condition of the men they em- ploy to minister to their pleasure in a ride upon the waters, they would appreciate a society like this; and then not an absentee from London would con- sider that he was exempt from a contribution to such an object. The proof of any Institution being valuable to society is found in facts; and when there is such a confirmation of its promised good, none will be sceptical about the channel to which their contributions are directed. This "Royal Be- nevolent Society of Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners, shall then tell its own tale, and the pub- lie will impartially weigh its pretensions to appeal for pecuniary assistance to carry out its charitable objects further and further still. Annual subscrip- tions and donations may be, of course, ad libitum, a life subscription is £5, and a life governor £ ]0, These apply to the general contributors among the public, and the proportionate increase of the sub- scription is commensurate with the advantages and patronage which each donor or subscriber may en- joy The mariners and fishermen are themselves also subscribers, or rather members by such sub- serintion, of the Society itself, whereby" in the case of shipwreck they are recompensed in clothing and money and if lost at sea, their widows and orphans re provided for on a gradual scale of peeuniary re- compense. In the year 1858, there were 3,32-0 ships wrecked, stranded, &c., of which 1,170 were wrecked on the coast of the United Kingdom. Relief was given in this year to 5,037 persons, besides 3,168 widows and orphans of seamen and fishermen, who received sums from f 14 downwards, making a total in one year of £ 8.205. The report for last is not yet published, but 10.-354 persons were relieve! being 1000 more in J859 than in 1858. From the foundation of the Society to 31st December, 1858, no less a number than 87,443 shipwrecked seamen, widows, and orphans have been aided by its funds These facts tell their own tale, and we hope the sea- | side summer visitors will so weigh them as to add a contribution in the balance ofexperifHifjre for their annual trip, and join the" Royal Benevolent Soci- ety of Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners." (Extracted from "THE AGE WE LIYE Ix," Feb. ll, I860.


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