Mariners' Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Records, 1842-1972
Finding Aid to Record Group 124
1.00 cu.ft.

Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516

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Open for research,

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

On October 18, 1819, Mr. Joseph Eastburn founded the Mariners' Church in a loft near the foot of Market Street in Philadelphia. Eastburn's congregation was composed of seamen--his was the second mission for seamen in America. In 1824, the congregation moved from the sail loft to a new church on Water Street above Walnut. In 1830 the mission was organized as an independent church. In 1854, it became a Presbyterian church under the Philadelphia Presbytery. Mariners' Church moved again in 1868, this time to the corner of Front and Union (now Delancey) Streets. In 1959, Mariners' Church merged with Third and Scots Church, forming Third Scots and Mariners' Church, which stands at the corner of Third and Pine Streets and is better known as Old Pine Street Church.

The Seamen's and Landsmen's Aid Society was incorporated in 1878, with "the Spiritual, Moral and Temporal welfare of Seamen and Landsmen" as its object. It maintained a reading room at Mariners' Church for the benefit of the sailors who constantly passed through the port of Philadelphia. In 1965 the Society voted to transfer its assets to the Conwell School of Theology and the Friends of Old Pine Street Church.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Record Group 124 consists of corporate records, minutes, reports and miscellaneous items relating to Mariners' Church and to its Seamen's and Landsmen's Aid Society.

NOTES TO THE RESEARCHER

Related collections include Record Group 29, further records of Mariners' Church.

Organized in to two groups:

    MARINER'S CHURCH, 1842-1963, N.D.

    SEAMEN'S AND LANDMEN'S AID SOCIETY, 1940-1972, N.D.

Collection processed and container list prepared: August 1976
Jane Ramsay, Assistant Records Researcher

Notes added to finding aid: March 1992
Stephanie Muntone, Processing Archivist

Box	Folder	Description
1	1	Finding Aid to Record Group 124
	
		MARINER'S CHURCH, 1842-1963, n.d.

	2	Historical Background Material
	3	"Joseph Eastburn--Preacher to Mariners'"  (by Lester Paul)
	4	Pastor's Reports to Trustees, 1842-44
	5	Board of Trustees--Minutes, Reports, By-Laws, 1841-45, 1850
	6	Deeds (earliest 1777)
	7	Legal Papers
	8	Instruments and Estates--Correspondence, 1911-56
	9	Real Estate--Correspondence and Memos
	10	Condemnation of Property, Front and Delancey  Streets, 1958-65
	11	Programs, Notices, Newspaper Clippings
	12	Assets and Finances
	13	Operating Expenses, 1960-63
	14	Correspondence, 1954-56

		SEAMEN'S AND LANDMEN'S AID SOCIETY, 1940-1972, N.D.
1	15	Mariners' Church--Papers, Correspondence
	16	Mariners' Church; Ladies' Auxiliary
	17	Charter and By-Laws
	18	Ledger, 1940-66
	19	Correspondence, Agenda, Minutes, 1954-65
	20	1963-72
	21	Minutes, Reports, Correspondence, Investment Data
	22	1960-72
	23	Minutes of Annual Meeting; Plan of Merger with 
		Friends of Old Pine Street Church, 1972