Religion: For Seamen

Along the east waterfront of Manhattan one day in 1844, sailors and loungers beheld a startling sight. It was as if Trinity Church had skimmed down Wall Street and now was riding the waves of the harbor on a barge. Actually a seagoing House of God complete with steeple and flag, heated and lighted by stove and oil lamps, the floating phenomenon was the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour (see cut). Built by the Young Men's Church Missionary Society, it was meant to attract mariners who would never worship ashore at landlubbers'...

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