Book Review – ‘George Charles Smith of Penzance: From Nelson sailor to mission pioneer’ by Roald Kverndal

By Alston Kennerley, published November 2020

Abstract

The Reverend George Charles Smith (1782- 1863), a Baptist minister, was recognized in his own lifetime as the key driving force in the development of organized religious missions focused on seafarers, both in the United Kingdom and throughout the world. This lead has turned out to be no passing fad, but a movement which maintains a worldwide presence in the twenty-first century, serving the spiritual and social needs of all seafarers regardless of faith, culture, nationality or status. It is a movement which recognizes Smith’s role in its origins, and the contribution over the past two centuries of numerous other clergy and lay people who have devoted often lengthy and often voluntary service to the seafaring community….

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Filed under: Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous

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