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London Evening Standard - 08 October 1884

'MR JAMES DURDEN, Harbour Master at Dover, desires to THANK those who assisted him by their VOTES in getting into to MERCHANT SEAMEN'S ORPHAN SCHOOL JOHN JACOB GREENLAND, who was elected by 665 Votes.'

The Merchant Seamen's Orphan Asylum was founded on November 1 1827, at a meeting of highly respectable gentlemen chaired by General Nveille at the City of London Tavern. It was to be run by a sub-committee of the Port of London and Bethel Union, a recent amalgamation of groups who carried out missionary work amongst seamen. George Somers Clarke was elected as the charity's Honorary Secretary. The aims of the charity were 'to afford relief to the orphans of seamen in the Merchant Service by providing for them clothing, education, and maintenance, and by assisting to place them, or leaving teh Asylum, in situations where as honest livelihood may be secured.

As was usually the case with such home, admission to the Asylum was by a twice-yearly ballot of those subscribing to the charity of making one-off donations of a certain size. Because the number of applicants invariably far outweighed the number of available places, the criteria for admission were deliberately strict. The child's father must have died during active duty at sea. No more than two children from the same family could reside in the Asylum at the same time.

Date8 Oct 1884
Linked toJohn Jacob GREENLAND

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