Merchant Navy Day

On Merchant Navy Day, Friday 3 September 2021, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is flying the Red Ensign at its headquarters on Sandwick Road and in Balivanich, to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

The Comhairle is supporting a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs.

The charity’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex and Forfar, has endorsed the campaign.

Fly the Red Ensign is an annual campaign to honour the brave men and women who kept the UK afloat during both World Wars and celebrate the dependence on modern-day merchant seafarers who are responsible for more than 90% of the UK’s imports. The COVID-19 pandemic had a tragic impact on Merchant Navy communities, and many continue to need urgent support. This Merchant Navy Day, 3rd of September, the Fly the Red Ensign campaign will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices of the often forgotten and invisible Merchant Navy community and help us raise vital funds to help respond to the increased need for support.

All funds raised will go towards the Merchant Navy Fund, administered by The Seafarers’ Charity (Seafarers UK, formerly King George’s Fund for Sailors), and supported by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board. Donation can be made here: Make a donation to Merchant Navy Fund's Merchant Navy Day Appeal (