Nestled in the heart of Seamen’s Church Institute is the Chapel of the Sea. This hidden treasure was named by Mercury Magazine as one of the “7 quiet places to gather your thoughts and nourish your soul” in Newport.
Designed and painted by Durr Freedley, a well-respected artist living in Newport in the early 1900s, the chapel is a visual homage to Christian saints associated with the sea. Freedley was best known for his work with portraits and was commissioned by Mrs. Hamilton Fish Webster in memory of her mother, Marie Caroline Helene Jeanne Carolline de Keridern de Trobriand Post, to create the mural which seamlessly weaves together the stories of saints long called upon by mariners in need of strength and support. Freedley was recognized and celebrated most recently with an exhibit at the Newport Art Museum titled, Reviving Durr Freedley Newport’s Forgotten Artist.
Not only is the Chapel of the Sea a beautiful place for solitude and reflection, but is also a welcoming space for couples who wish to come together in matrimony. Seamen’s Church Institute is pleased to provide an intimate setting for small wedding ceremonies.