For Those in Peril on the Sea is a British hymn also entilted Eternal Father, Strong to Save. It is commonly associated with martitime armed services and seafarers. It was written in 1860 by William Whiting, an Anglican churchman from Winchester, who was inspired by Psalm 107, which is a thanksgiving song to God and describes the dangers of the sea. He was brought up near the coast and at the age of 35, was nearly killed when the ship he was aboard nearly sank in a terrible storm, but he was spared.
Both the British Royal Navy and the US Navy made the song popular by adopting it in the later part of the 19th century. It has also been adapted by such services as the British Army, Royal Marines and the US Coast Guard.
As well as being titled For Those In Peril On The Sea which is taken from the last line of the first verse, it is also known as The Navy Hymn, Royal Navy Hymn, Hymn of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, and the United States Navy Hymn. It was regularly sung on board a whole manner of ships during services on voyages. The hymn appears in many hymnals, on TV programmes and is often sung at funerals where the deceased has served in the Navy, most notably at the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021.
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