About Us


Mission Statement:

The mission of Seafarer's Friend is to extend the ministry of the churches to meet the unmet spiritual, social and practical needs of seafarers in the New England Maritime Community.


Founded and incorporated in 1827 in Boston as The Boston Seaman’s Friend Society

A 501c(3) Non-profit Mission, supported entirely by partners and supporting churches.

Governed by Board of Directors.


Our Locations:

Who We Are:

  • Leadership: Board of Directors and Executive Director
  • Part-time Administrative Support and Accountant
  • Part Time Chaplains and Volunteer Ship Visitors
  • Hundreds of volunteers throughout New England and the US donating their time to knit hats, provide/donate ditty bags, magazines, and puzzles

What We Do:

  • Hospitality
  • Advocacy
  • Phone cards
  • Liturgy and Prayer
  • Bibles and Devotional Material
  • Pastoral Care
  • And more...

Multi-Denominational Ministry:

Congregational founders in 1827
Supported by Christians of many denominations, including: Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, as well as many independent congregations.


International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) 
North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA)
New England Maritime Ministries Association (NEMMA) 
Propeller Clubs of Boston, Portsmouth, and Portland

Click the link below (from NPR) to watch a visual of Global Shipping Traffic: "The video shows satellite tracking of routes superimposed over Google Earth. It focuses on some of the main choke points for international shipping, such as the Strait of Malacca on the southern tip of Malaysia, Suez Canal, the Strait of Gibraltar and Panama Canal."



Port Statistics (2015)

Mission Ships Visited % Visited
Boston 372 338 91%
Total Number of Seafarer's Served in 2015:
Boston:  2,904

Click Here For_History_Highlights of The Boston Seamen's Friend Society.

Get an idea of what we do on board the vessels that visit our ports in Boston, Portsmouth and Portland.

Watch this Video by Rev. Joel Ives to see a day in the life of a seafarer.