First Floating Church on the Water

About the first floating church in history built in 1843 in New York City.


The Church on Water. In 1843, the world's 1st floating church was constructed. The Floating Church of Our Savior was moored in the East River at the foot of Pike Street in New York City. "The church was organized by the Young Men's Church Missionary Society, an auxiliary of the City Mission Society. The society dissolved in 1844 and deeded the church to the Protestant Episcopal Church Missionary Society for Seamen in the City and Port of New York which emanated from it. The 1st clergyman was the Rev. Benjamin Clarke Cutler Parker, who was called by the title of 'missionary,' rather than clergyman. In 1906 the corporate title was changed to Seaman's Church Institute of New York."

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