Sailors At Play
The spiritual side
Ports have long been a focus for activities by churches and charities. Partly, they wish to prevent sailors from falling prey to drink, gambling, prostitution and drug abuse. They also want to put over their church`s message. Hence, seamen`s missions have been established in ports. These offer distractions for the sailors and gave opportunities for priests and ministers to talk to them about religion.
Many visiting sailors have faiths different from those of the port`s population. Provision was made for these in the form of churches, mosques or temples. For instance, some ports have churches built especially for Scandinavian seamen. Here there would be services in a form they were used to, in their own language.