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Welcome to the official website of Hull Independent M. N.A.

The association was formed on 10th March 1991 as the Hull MNA with the objective of bring together in a spirit of friendship and co-operation, all who sail or have sailed under articles of engagement in vessels of the British Merchant or Deep-sea Fishing fleets.

At the 2008 A.G.M. the association decided to insert Independent to its name to avoid any possible confusion as to its status, this was reinforced with the procurement of a new Association Standard.

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The change of name did not mean a change of our principles or objectives, the association continues to offer members the opportunity to meet once a month to discuss items that effect not only this association but all Maritime issue’s that are of interest to the seafarers the World over.

This includes educating and informing those in positions of influence and the general public to the important contribution the Merchant Mariner has played in the wealth and culture of the British Nation.

There is still much to do in promoting the heritage and history of Britain’s Maritime past, especially the role of the Merchant Navy during the 2nd World War.

Sadly despite the many fine words and accolades bestowed over the years, the contribution Merchant Seaman made is still not fully recognised or treated with the same thoroughly deserved respect as that as their Armed Forces counterparts.

This despite being engaged throughout the war in practically every theatre from day one 3rd September 1939, with the sinking of the SS Athenia, until the final day of the war in Europe, 7th May 1945 when the SS Avondale Park was sunk.

The total cost in lives of merchant seamen is still a very debatable with estimates of between 30,000 and 40,000 lost or missing, these figures do not include those who died as a result of accidents or their ships disappearing without known cause and those who died shortly after leaving their vessels.

This despite sailing under wartime conditions often on old, overloaded vessels unsuited for these conditions, while under the constant fear of enemy attack.

Had the Merchant Navy losses been treated in the same manner as those of the Armed Services, were all who died in whatever circumstances, amazingly even those executed for crimes such as rape and murder are still remembered with honour on War Memorials and on the official Roll of Honour.

A much truer figure of the losses suffered by the Merchant Navy would have been recorded and honoured.

On the 19th March 2009 the association after petitioning the City Council received Honorary Freedom of the City of Kingston upon Hull, in recognition of the contribution made by the Merchant Navy to the City and Nation both in peace and war. With special emphasis on the sacrifices and hardships endured by those who manned the ships of the Merchant Navy that kept open Britain's lifelines of food, materials and arms while transporting the troops and equipment of the British, Commonwealth and Allied Armies during both World Wars.

This honour is dedicated to all those who died preserving our freedom and the loved ones they left behind.

Association Vice President and WW2 Veteran Dick Skelton
Receiving the Freedom of the City scroll from
The Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull & Admiral of the Humber
Cllr: Elaine Garland on 19th March 2009.

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