Dr Ashley's Pleasure Yacht: John Ashley, the Bristol Channel Mission and all that Followed

Dr Ashley's Pleasure Yacht: John Ashley, the Bristol Channel Mission and all that Followed

by RWH Miller


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Institutional foundation stories have a tendency to change and develop with the passage of time and much repetition. Maritime social historian R.W.H. Miller here explores the life of The Rev. John Ashley and his association with the foundation storyof the Mission to Seafarers, the work of which society is much admired by its present Patron, HRH the Princess Royal. The traditional story is that Ashley's son, out walking by the Bristol Channel with his father, in the early 1830s, asked how the islanders could go to church. Ashley went to see, and from the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm seeing large fleets of wind bound ships, asked himself the same question. He used his own money (deriving mainly from the trade of sugar and slaves) to build a schooner, which he sailed in all weathers to provide an answer, in the process creating for himself a place in the ancestry of several Anglican and Catholic societies, of which the Mission to Seafarers, the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, and the Apostleship of the Sea, continue to provide seafarers with a valued and often heroic service.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718894504
Publisher: The Lutterworth Press
Publication date: 01/26/2017
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x (d)

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Father Robert Miller

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Foley
Chapter One Who was John Ashley?
His Parents
His Early Years
After School
Indefatigable Curate
With Qualifications
Chapter Two John Ashley Discovers a Need
A Pleasure Yacht for Dr Ashley
Chapter Three John Ashley and his Committee
John Ashley States his Case
Chapter Four The Bristol Channel Mission: Lame Duck or Phoenix?
Chapter Five John Ashley and The Missions to Seamen
Negotiations with the Bristol Channel Mission
Chapter Six Dr Ashley’s later years
John Ashley Leaving the Church of England?
Chapter Seven Ashley in Context: Early Modern Seamen’s Missions
The Bible and Tract Societies
G.C. Smith
And what of Bristol?
London Episcopal Floating Church Society
Liverpool Mariners’ Church Society
What has been Achieved?
Ashley’s Faith
The Contradictions
Appendix One John Ashley: An Inspiration
Appendix Two Dr Ashley: An Indirect Inspiration
Appendix Three Dr Ashley’s Siblings
Appendix Four Dr Ashley, his Wife and Children

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