Annual Mariners’ Service
Remembering those lost at sea
We are all dependent on seafarers for much of our daily needs and on Sunday, 16 September seafarers were remembered at the Annual Mariners’ Service at St Georges Church Battery Point. As part of this impressive Service in the presence of Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, the Mission to Seafarers presented a wreath as a memorial to mariners who have lost their life at sea. After the Service the wreath was ceremonially ‘Cast on the Waters’ of the River Derwent by the Mission to Seafarers’ Chaplain, the Revd Bruce Mitchell, aided by the St Georges’ Rector, the Revd Victor Shaw, [Photo: R.] with a prayer and period of silence in memory of those who have lost their lives at sea. Thanks are due to Captain Dion Dillon, a MtS Committee Member, who made his boat available for this.
Mission Annual General Meeting
This will be held in the ‘Flying Angel Centre’ at 31 Morrison Street on Wednesday, 17 October at 7:00 pm. All are invited to come to hear the reports of the Mission activity, share in the opening Service and inspect the Mission facilities while enjoying refreshments after the meeting. The last cruise ship season, when 64 ships visited Hobart, required a great effort from the Mission volunteers and we are again facing a similar number of visits this season, including ships in port on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
We can use more volunteers to ease the load! If you are able to give some time to care for the crew of ships coming to us, please contact the Chaplain, Bruce Mitchell 0437 077 753. You will need to complete a Membership Application Form, obtain a ‘Working with Vulnerable People Card’ if you do not have one and pay the annual membership fee of $10:00. We can facilitate obtaining a WWVP Card and meet the cost of $18:90. Rosters are drawn up for the cruise season, with people normally working a shift of between three and four hours, according to their availability.
Bruce Mitchell, Chaplain