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History

“Historically and traditionally….a safe refuge for those of the sea…in the mid-winter when the chill winds come and most of the boats are gone from the harbor, when you can park your car outside the front door…Seamen’s Institute finds itself playing a somewhat different role in the lives of people – a haven for just a soul in need. The priority given to seafarers does not exclude others from safe haven… What we have here is to be used. Those who hurt are drawn to this place. When life seems to be falling apart, we offer a place to end the downward spiral…a place where one can rest, feel safe – put a life back together. All that is required is that the intent be honest. Sometimes one must simply get beyond the reach of harmful things before healing can begin. The scene of many quiet miracles, we believe strongly that a quiet, safe unassuming haven is the best cure for a wounded spirit – that is why we don’t make a lot of noise about it”
Father ‘Mike’ Hambly, Superintendent 1982-1992