Merchant Navy Day

This Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, please Fly the Red Ensign to honour and remember the sacrifices of the, often forgotten and invisible, but very hard-working, Merchant Navy seafarers

Our Fly the Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day campaign was started in 2015 to address ‘sea blindness’ that appeared to afflict a huge proportion of the population, with widespread public ignorance about the UK’s ongoing dependence on merchant seafarers who are responsible for more than 90% of the UK’s imports.

Help raise vital funds

Following the difficulties endured by many seafaring veterans, working-age seafarers, and their dependants throughout the past several years, we must reach those UK Merchant Navy veterans and seafarers who need our help, and we need your support to help us raise vital funds to do that.

How you can get involved

Fly the Red Ensign

Everyone is welcome to get involved by flying a Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day. Whether you are organising a flag-hoisting ceremony at your workplace or proudly display a Red Ensign at your window at home or a sticker in your car, we’d love to hear about it!

Please let us know about your activities by emailing and our team will be happy to share any images that you send on our social media channels.

If you’re organising a flag-hoisting ceremony, you could consider involving local dignitaries, Merchant Navy veterans, Sea Cadets, etc. This does not have to be on Merchant Navy Day - you may prefer to schedule your event during the week or the weekend of 3-4 September. The Red Ensign may be freely flown ashore anywhere in the UK at any time of the year.

Take part on Social Media

You can also get involved by flying the Red Ensign digitally on your Social Media accounts.

We’ve created a toolkit which will help you spread the word about #MerchantNavyDay. It includes suggested posts, visuals and all the tools you need to share your message.

Organise a fundraising event

You can make a real difference to UK Merchant Navy seafarers and their families by spreading the word about our campaign and fundraising for Merchant Navy Fund.

If you have ordered our special Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day donation boxes, please let us know about your activities by emailing

Please see below for more information about how to send in the money raised.

How to send us the money you raise

Thank you very much for your fundraising. We are very grateful for your support which will provide essential help to UK merchant seafarers and their families at times of need. Here's how to pay in the money you raise:


Any donations collected can be sent to the Merchant Navy Fund via our website.

In the ‘Message’ section of the online donation form, please specify this is your collection for Fly the Red Ensign campaign 2022.

By post

You can send a cheque payable to the Merchant Navy Fund to:

The Seafarers’ Charity
8 Hatherley Street
London, SW1P 2QT

Please quote your name, address and FTRE MND 2022.

Request your certificate of participation

If you would like to receive a certificate of participation (in PDF format), please email

Where to purchase a 'Red Duster'

'Red Dusters' are available for purchase online from Hampshire Flag Company at

For more information about Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day campaign, or to order your donation boxes or car window stickers, or to let us know about your activities, please email

Thank you for your support which will make a huge different to UK Merchant Navy seafarers in need and their families.