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Marine Society - Thomas Gray Silver Medal - Call for Nominations

Posted on 3rd August 2021

Marine Society is accepting nominations for the Thomas Gray Silver Medal for the year 2021.

The Thomas Gray Memorial Trust was established in 1925 in memory of Thomas Gray, a Senior Surveyor for the Board of Trade, who was particularly concerned with improving the professionalism of seafarers in the latter half of the 19th Century. Marine Society became the Trustee in 1993.

One award is made each year to a seafarer in recognition of exceptional deeds of merit at sea including services to seafarers in the broadest sense.  These deeds may be related to any aspect of seafaring, including the saving of lives, the wellbeing of seafarers and any exceptional deeds related to the business of seafaring. The spectrum of eligibility is quite broad, but nominees must be resident in the UK for at least three years.

Last year's award was made to Mr John Attenborough, The Mission to Seafarers Port Chaplain, for his exceptional service to the welfare of seafarers globally over the past 26 years and more recently going above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic to support seafarers.

If you would like to make a nomination, please advise Marine Society and provide a citation with appropriate supporting information. It may be communicated in any format: there is no special form. If you don’t know anyone who deserves recognition, please pass this email on to friends and colleagues in the industry who might.

Some background to the Thomas Gray Silver Medal Award may be found online on the Marine Society Website.

This year's award will be presented at our Annual Court on 6th October 2021  to be held online.  The closing date for nominations is Friday 3rd September 2021.

The terms of this medal preclude it being granted if the recipient has already been honoured for the same action.

If you have any queries, please contact Carla Rockson, Head of Seafarer Learning and Welfare, Marine Society, crockson@ms-sc.org  

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