Hongkong Daily Press.


Hongkong, Tuesday, March 25, 1930.
英壹仟九百卅年叁月廿伍日 禮拜弍
庚午年弍月廿陸日

No. 22,363

第弍萬弍仟叁百陸拾叁號
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THE MISSION TO SEAMEN IN HONG KONG.

WHIST DRIVES, CONCERTS, SHIP VISITS AND PICNICS IN 1929.

AMALGAMATION WITH SAILORS' HOME "IN THE SPRING."

   The report of the Missions to Seamen in Hong Kong for the year 1929, states that the proposed amalgamation with the Sailors' Home, will not be delayed very much longer. Terms, etc., have been under discussion and are nearly completed.

   A year of most active and useful work among the officers and men of the Mercantile Marine is reported. The mil. Dayspring has proved extraordinarily useful, especially for the ever popular bathing parties.

   Finances are fairly satisfactory, but the mortgage on the Association's Reclamation site is a big drain and many activities have had to be curtailed.

A GOOD YEAR'S WORK.

   The report states inter alia:-
   In our last report we stated that we fully expected that 1929 would see the conclusion of a definite period in the history of the Missions to Seamen in Hong Kong. As a matter of fact, the amalgamation with the Sailors' Home is not yet an accomplished fact, but the delay is due to unavoidable discussions and we hope however that everything will be brought to a successful issue in the early part of 1930.
   We are extremely grateful to Sir Henry Pollock and the Sub Committee appointed to deal with the Amalgamation for much time spent on our behalf.

Deep Sea Scouts.

   During the past year, the Boy Scouts Association Headquarters in London, finding that there were very many old Scouts in both Sea Services formed a special Branch of the Association entitled the Deep Sea Scouts, in order to enable these old Scouts afloat to keep in direct touch with the Movement ashore. The Missions to Seamen Head Office was asked to give its support to this new effort and to assist in enrolling members, and this request was gladly granted. We have had several Merchant Service apprentices and officers applying for enrolment as well as men from H.M. Navy and the Royal Marines and the existence of Sea Scouts meeting at this Institute in Hong Kong has undoubtedly done much both to arouse interest in the new Deep Sea Scout Branch and to enable us to find out would be members.