Burns, John Allen
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The speaker's background and history as a member of a family of shipowners. His interest and keenness in the traffic of the sea that he wishes to communicate. The term "Overseas Trade" and what it means. A story of the speaker's great-grandfather. The expansion of the Merchant Navy in a single century, symbolized in the contrast between the "Brittania" and the "Queen Elizabeth." Ships and Men: the continuing cause and concern of the British Sailors' Society, whose Board of Directors is represented by the speaker today. A brief history of the Society. The international scope of the Society. Work and activities of the Society. Speaking in particular of the Clyde area where, in 1940, the Admiralty established the Headquarters of the greatest Naval Base in history, and where later on the Fighting French established their Naval Base. The importance of the Clyde. Historical events at the Clyde. Survivors from torpedoed or mined ships brought into the Clyde, always with a representative of the Society to meet them and to ensure that instant relief was given in the way of lodging, medical attention, food, clothes and money. The Clyde now, the days of Rescue Ships and survivors now being over. The work of the British Sailors' Society during peacetime. The speaker's visit to Canada in order to establish closer relations with the Society's Dominion Council and to make a survey of the work being done. Some details of that work. The desire to see established in Canada a Welfare Department similar to that in Britain. The function of such a Welfare Department. The Ocean Library Service. The development of an Ocean Games Service. Other characteristics and activities of the Society. The importance of the Society to every aspect of a sailor's life. Plans for a great extension of the Society's activities throughout Canada. Some concluding remarks on Canada and Canada's membership in the Commonwealth.