Story: The voyage out

Church service at sea

Church service at sea

The monotony of long sea voyages was broken every Sunday by church services, such as this one on the Pegasus in 1865. They were given by any clergy who happened to be on board, or by the ship’s captain or surgeon. Sometimes cabin and steerage passengers came together to worship. On other ships, class distinctions persisted, and a service in the cabin for cabin passengers was followed by a service on deck, or below deck, for steerage passengers.

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John Wilson, 'The voyage out - Cabin and steerage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/2586/church-service-at-sea (accessed 2 October 2020)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005