The Watch Ashore Today
Due to the closure of most Branches the National Watch Ashore is no longer operating and closed in June 2023. The Plymouth Branch is still active and if you have an interest in the Watch Ashore please view our Facebook page.
The Watch Ashore is a not-for-profit social organisation that provide support and friendship, to partners and families of Merchant Navy personnel. In 1933 the Watch Ashore lobbied for reforms and today, the reforms we are lobbying for are remarkably similar – better conditions for the Merchant Navy, better safety, better training. Our members are the wives, widows, mothers, sisters and daughters of all Merchant Navy personnel and anyone with an interest in matters to do with the Merchant Navy. We have members across the country, either associated with one of our local branches or as Country members.
“I have made some very close friends who had children ages with mine. The friendships are made for life and we share each others happy and sad times. They are so special and no matter how long it is since you have met up the bonds are still there. The Watch Ashore has enriched my life.” Ina