Scope and Content

The Glasgow branch was formed in February 1944. Beginning with existing members of an English Watch Ashore branch it grew into an active body. An extensive programme of dances, whist drives, talks, demonstrations and outings provided a variety of social activities for its membership. They made a number of charitable donations to organisations such as the British Sailors' Society, the Royal Navy Lifeboat Fund, the King George VI Memorial Fund and to the Merchant Navy window in Glasgow Cathedral. In 1958 their fortnightly meetings included a drama group and regular visits to the Edinburgh branch. Members also undertook to visit any Merchant Seaman who was admitted to hospital in Glasgow who were without friends or family locally. Its membership peaked at about 100 members with approximately 60 members attending through the 1990s. Membership has since declined, but the Branch is still very active in their social and charity activities (2013).

It would appear that the three Scottish Branches, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, came together for meetings. The collection includes the Minutes of their first meeting held in 1950 at Taypark Hotel, Broughty Ferry, Dundee and can be found in U DWA/2/6/4.

The material in this sub-series comprises minutes, calendars of events and a savings book

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