The Merchant Navy Association (Wales)

The Merchant Navy Association (Wales) was formed in Cardiff in the Spring of 1995 by the late Bill Henke MBE and friends, to bring together in a spirit of friendship all seafarers who have served, or are still serving, in the Merchant Navy and Deep Sea Fishing Fleets. The Patron of the Association is The Rt. Hon. the Lord Elis-Thomas PC AM, National Assembly for Wales. The Association was granted the Freedom of the City and County of Cardiff in September 2001, and the County Borough of the Vale of Glamorgan in April 2005. 

Membership is open to all who have served, or are still serving, as Merchant Seamen and signed on Articles as such in the Merchant Navy and Deep Sea Fishing Fleets, and to spouses, widows and others closely connected. We have members from Canada, Finland, Eire, England and throughout south and west Wales.

The Association also has a Branch at Barry. Branch meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm in the Liberal Club, Thompson Street, Barry.

If you have any comments or queries please send them to The Association's website is

HiPoints collection:
Cardiff Bay Merchant Navy memorial
- commemorates MN war dead from Cardiff, Penarth and Barry
Cardiff Bay - the Coal Exchange was home to the Merchant Navy Reserve Pool from 1941 to 1946
Barry Merchant Navy memorial
Swansea Merchant Navy memorial
Bangor war memorial, Gwynedd
Y Felinheli war memorial, Gwynedd - most of the local Second World War dead were in the Merchant Navy
Pwllheli war memorial, Gwynedd
Aberdaron war memorial, Gwynedd
Nefyn war memorial, Gwynedd - more than half of the war dead were merchant sailors
Beaumaris war memorial, Anglesey