The Boston Port and Seamen's Aid Society was founded in 1829 under the guidance of Father Edward Thompson Taylor, known as the "Sailor Preacher" in Boston's historic North Square. It's mission from the beginning has been to "improve the moral, religious and general condition of seamen and their families; to offer aid and encouragement to the poor and industrious seamen; and to promote the education of seamen's children" as written in the language of the day. While some of the wording may have changed to stay in step with the times, the mission of Mariners House remains the same.
Mariners House was founded in 1847 by the managers of the Boston Port and Seamen's Aid Society, and for over 160 years, it has provided hospitality and guidance to the professional mariner. Mariners House acomplishes its mission by:
An active seafarer is a person who can satisfactorily show proof of service on commercial ocean/lake and/or coastal vessel activity, or the foreign equivalent (including commercial fishing and small passenger vessels under USCG Subchapter "T".) Pleasure boat and small charter or instructional vessel service is not acceptable. The minimum service requirement for acceptance at Mariners House is six (6) months of service within the immediate last eighteen months.
The Society derives its funds solely from private endowments and contributors, and maintains an unpaid staff of twenty-five managers who meet monthly to oversee the operations and policies of the Mariners House.
The Boston Port and Seamen's Aid Society provides scholarships and grants to worthy individuals and agencies for purposes in keeping with its original mission statement.