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.

Merchant Navy Day 2022

For the seventh year running, The Seafarers' Charity is campaigning for the Red Ensign – the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag – to be flown on 3rd September on civic buildings and landmark flagpoles. Parish, community, town, city, district and borough councils are all invited to take part, along with higher-tier local authorities, with Red Ensign flown ashore at many locations all around the UK.

Getting involved:

Fly the Red Ensign

Everyone is welcome to get involved by flying a Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day, whether you organise a flag-hoisting ceremony at your workplace, in your community, or proudly display a Red Ensign at your window at home or a sticker in your car.

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

Social Media toolkit will be made available on our website in the coming months. Watch this space!

Organise a fundraising event

This year you can order our special Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day campaign foldable donation boxes and car window stickers, free of charge.

Donations for printing and shipping are much appreciated. Orders must be placed before 10 July 2022.

For more information or to order your donation boxes, car window stickers, to receive our Social Media Toolkit by email, or to let us know about your activities, please email

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