Group From 25/6/1756
From the Marine Society: "Founded with the aim of providing men to fight in the King's ships as Britain faced war with most of Europe, The Marine Society was the world's first charity dedicated to seafarers." Founded by Jonas Hanway (1712-1786), a trader, who feared that he would lose his men to the navy, so he set up the Society to recruit and train more sailors. Jonas also a governor of the Foundling Hospital and the first Londoner to carry an umbrella. See Radio Taxis for more on this eccentric man.