D. C. d'Arcy Orders
Schools and Other Institutions
With the onset of war in 1939 the trials and hardships which seamen have to undego in the prosecution of their calling was rendered infinitely more arduous. Appriciating this, several members of the British community, interested in providing amenities in Lisbon for British seamen, met in the Royal British Club to discuss the matter.
It was the unanimous feeling of the meeting that every effort should be made to open a club or institution at the earliest possible time. Those present decided to form themselves into a committee and to personally guarantee the initial expenditure and running costs until it could be seen whether the venture would prove a success from the point of view of attendance by seamen.
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