Founded in 1834, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) is a world-renowned advocate for the seafarer and mariner. Our experts in mariner advocacy, pastoral care, and maritime education in blue and brown water are available to journalists for comment and background on maritime issues. Press inquiries may be directed to Nancy Van Epps, Director of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.349.1701.
Affiliated with the Episcopal Church, though nondenominational in terms of its trustees, staff, and service to mariners, SCI is the largest, most comprehensive mariners’ service agency in North America. Annually, its chaplains visit thousands of vessels in the Port of New York and New Jersey and along 10,000 miles of America’s inland waterways extending into the Gulf of Mexico. SCI’s maritime education facilities provide navigational training to more than 1,500 mariners each year through simulator-based facilities located in Houston, TX, and Paducah, KY. The Institute and its maritime attorneys are recognized as leading advocates for merchant mariners by the United States Government, including the US Congress, the US Coast Guard, and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the United Nations, the International Maritime Organization, the International Labour Organization, and maritime trade associations.
The Seamen’s Church Institute is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. SCI’s EIN number is 13-5562356.
SCI’s Communications Office publishes two bi-annual print magazines, The Lookout and The Knit Before Christmas. Since May of 1910, The Lookout has provided its readers with a unique perspective of the maritime and chronicled the Institute’s groundbreaking, innovative service to mariners.
Digital files of recent past issues may be found below along with audio versions, thanks to the volunteer efforts of voice talent Don Sheetz. In addition, we produce regular monthly eNewsletters as well as periodic ebulletins and other program-specific email pieces. Links for our most recent Annual Report and Strategic Plan are also displayed below.
Past issues of The Masthead, our monthly eNewsletters are available for view here.
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