About Us

We have been helping seafaring visitors to the Falkland Islands for over 25 years

The object of the Mission is to support visiting seafarers of all nationalities, as well as seafarers residing in the Falkland Islands.

The Mission particularly aims at assisting those who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress as a result of local, national or international disaster or by reason of their social and economic circumstances.

“We understand life on the open seas can sometimes be a challenge, which is why we are happy to welcome all seafarers and are proud of our record with providing assistance”

Maurice Lake

Mission Chaplain

SINCE 1997

Our Story

Staff and Volunteers at the Mission have been providing practical, emotional and spiritual support to Seafarers visiting the Falkland Islands for over 25 years.

October 1996
Mike & Kirsten Hughes arrive in the Falkland Islands. Kirsten previously worked in the Grimsby Seamen’s Mission where they met and married living on their 76 ft ketch “King David” named after the biblical monarch. They arrived in the Falkland Islands in 1996 with two children and immediately had plans to establish a Seaman’s Mission. They started by opening up the King David to the fishermen.
December 1996
The Lighthouse Seaman’s Centre opened its doors to fishermen in two Wyseplan units with funds from FIDC to do the work and join the units together. It provided a home from home with easy chairs and a sofa and dining tables where Kirsten could provide hot meals at very short notice. She became well known for her danish pastries. The Centre was also open to the general public for tea, coffee and pastries. Plans were already in hand for a more permanent building with the materials already on their way.
November 1997
The Lighthouse Seaman’s Centre was officially opened by HE The Governor.
March 1999
Prince Charles visited the Falkland Islands and the Lighthouse Seamen’s Centre hosted Him with a reception where he met a cross section of local people.
March 2000
International Transport workers Federation (ITF) and the Falkland Islands Company Ltd (FIC) donated funds for a new Vehicle for the Lighthouse Seamen’s Mission. The new vehicle was a Landrover Defender which secured the mission’s transport needs for the future.
July 2000
Beauchene Fishing & Trading Company donated the Football table to the Lighthouse Seamen’s Centre, this was off the Baffin Bay.
August 2000
Ken & Mim Newton replaced Mike & Kirsten Hughes as managers of the Lighthouse Seaman’s Mission.
July 2006
Ken & Min finish at the Mission but stay in the Falkland Islands with their family. A relief couple Graham & Pam Dench ran the Mission temporarily.
December 2006
Graham & Pam Dench finished at the Mission and were replaced by Howard & Betty Turner. Betty Turner (nee McGill) is a Falkland Islander.
January 2007
Princess Royal & Tim Laurence visited the Falkland Islands and were hosted to a lunch with invited guests at the Lighthouse Seaman’s Mission.
October 2008
Debbie & Maurice Lake arrive to take over the management of the Lighthouse Seaman’s Mission.

Meet Our Dedicated Team

Maurice Lake

Mission Chaplain

Debbie Lake


Leeann Harris

Assistant to Port Chaplain