75 Years providing services for seafarers at the Port of Halifax!  Please DONATE!

The history of the Mission to Seafarers dates back to 1835, when a young Anglican clergyman, the Rev John Ashley, holidaying near the Bristol Channel, realized that the seafarers who manned the ships there had no one to minister to them. He decided to change his plans to join a parish, and  immediately became a chaplain for crews who sailed the merchant fleet.

In 1856, similar ministries inspired by Rev Ashley’s work grouped together under the name The Mission to Seamen Afloat and expanded its work to 14 ports. The outbreak of the First World War meant that some of the smaller stations were closed down. However, new ones opened. Gradually, after the Second World War the shipping industry was in a fairly stable condition. Although recovery was slow after the war, both the shipping industry and the Mission gradually re-organized, and by 1956, when the Mission to Seamen celebrated its centenary, it had centers in 81 ports.

The challenge The Mission to Seafarers faces today, is how best to minister to people of many different cultures and faiths who are facing ever-increasing physical, cultural and social isolation. The Mission is now present in 278 ports in 71 countries, and ministering to over 1.3 million crewmen and women.

The Mission to Seafarers continues to develop, the fundamentals will not change. Its mission is to be there for all crew men and women as a source of help, strength and hope to seafarers and their families.


Christmas Luncheon $17,200 in net revenues.  THANK YOU to all who participated!

Golf Tournament – over $32,000 raised. Thanks to our sponsors and participants.

Spring Winfest – over $8,000 raised to support our programs and services!

Typhoon Haiyan – over $3500 with $2800 presented to the Canadian Red Cross!

  Our seafarers depend on us…we are so fortunate to be able to depend on YOU.

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