Others went out to the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty seas - Psalm 107:23
Others went out to the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty seas- Psalm 107:23

The Charleston Port and Seafarers' Society is a Christian charitable organization that exists for the purpose of welcoming and serving the needs of those men and women who make their livelihood in the port or at sea without regards to nationalithy, race, ethnicity, politics or religion.


Each year, more than 65,000 seafarers arrive on hundreds of vessels to the Charleston Port. Most crews consist of persons from diverse third-world countries and from many cultures. Three to four nationalities are common for one vessel, with a crew of around 25 seafarers. Many are lonely, away from home and their families for up to a year at a time. The need and opportunity for ministry to these brothers and sisters is tremendous.

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Call at (843) 856-7046

Email:  chapssmail@gmail.com

Send A Letter To:


Charleston Port & Seafarers' Society

PO Box 2442

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465

Please Support Our Partner Organizations: Charleston Motor Carriers Association; Charleston Women in International Trade; http://www.cwitsc.org/ Custom House Brokers & Freight Forwarders; http://cbffac.com/ Maritime Association of Charleston; http://www.maritimesc.org/ Propeller Club of Charleston; http://www.propellerclubchs.com/

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Do you want to recognize a special person for everything they do for others?  Has someone passed away recently?  What better way to recognize a family member, friend or employee than to make a donation to the Charleston Port and Seafarers' society in their name.!  Send an email to chapssmail@gmail.com advising the details of who to send an acknowledgement letter to and one will be sent to that individual with a copy to you.



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Great Christmas presents from online bidding.  Weekend ina charming downtown Charleston carriage house near the corner of Meeting & Calhoun Streets


Sailing lessons from the Charleston of Charleston Sailing Association.  Click the above link to view the bid site and learn more about the items.




Contact ChaPSS at chapssmail@gmail.com to obtain more information or to get empty boxes.    We provide th boxes which are 9 x 9 x 4 each and will be completely full if you follow the information provided on the below list.  Fill 25 boxes with each of the items in the list, wrap them and return them to ChaPSS by December 1.  During the month of December we will put 1 box per crewmen on each of the vessels calling our terminals.  An average vessel has a crew of about 25.  If you can not fill 25 we will be grateful for whatever you can do.



“Others went out to the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.”  Psalm 107:23


The Charleston Port and Seafarers’ Society

Christmas at Sea


The annual Christmas at Sea project is a very special way to share God’s love with lonely and isolated mariners at Christmastime.  Most will not see their families for 8 months to a year at a time.


During the Advent season, Christmas gift boxes are delivered to the seafarers that visit the Port of Charleston.  What a blessing it is to the men and women who receive this simple act of kindness!  Last year, one seafarer told a volunteer that his ship had a Christmas tree, but nothing underneath it.  Christmas at Sea not only changed that, but sent a message to lonely seafarers at Christmastime that God wants all to know the gift of His Son.


We are asking you to partner with us in providing gift boxes for the seafarers.  You can adopt a ship (average crew of 25) or donate as many g ift boxes as possible. 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to give a gift box to every seafarer that visits the Port of Charleston?  Our goal is to deliver 2,000 gifts to seafarers this Christmas.  Will you help us make that happen? 


We provide 9”x9”x4” boxes.   Fill the box only with the items listed below, gift wrap the box, and return to the individual you obtained the box from by December 1, 2015.



  • 12 oz Bottle Shampoo
  • 10 oz Can Shaving Cream
  • Pack of 4 or more Razors
  • 2 Bars of  Unscented Soap
  • 3 oz Container Stick Deodorant
  • 6 oz Tube Toothpaste and Toothbrush
  • Chapstick
  • Loose Hard Candy to Fill Box
  • Note of Encouragement or Christmas Card


To join Christmas at Sea, adopt a ship, to arrange for boxes, or for more information contact us at:   chapssmail@gmail.com


Save the Date. November 3, 2016, for the 11th annual Taste of the World.


Thanks to our partner restaurants that are supported the

10th annual Taste of the World


Click on the name of your choice to go directly to our supporting restaurants web site.


 Al Di La;  Amalfi's;  A.W. Shucks;  Bacco;  Big Game Bar & Grill;    

Brittons BBQ;  Burtons Grill;  Coleman Public House;  Courtyard Marriott Historic District;  Crescent Olive  Dog & Duck;  Fleet Landing:  Granna's Gourmet;  

Halls Chophouse;  Harbor Breeze;   High Cotton

LongHorn SteakhouseMcCann's Irish PubOld Village Post House Inn;  Opal;  

 P.F. Chang's;   Ristorante LIDI;  Saveurs du Monde Cafe';   Slightly North of Broad

 Steel City Pizza  Sticky Fingers;  Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe;  Trader Joe's;  

Tristan Catering & Events;  Wasabi Mt. Pleasant

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