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Dr Ashley's Pleasure Yacht Paperback – 29 Dec 2016
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The Revd. Mr. Miller's biography of Dr. John Ashley supplies a long-standing need for an authoritative account of the man who is officially... described as the founder of the Missions to Seamen.... This is a well-written and highly readable account of a deeply flawed man who had undoubted gifts and performed valuable work in the early years of his life.... This book is warmly commended, particularly to those with an interest in the history of maritime Bristol, the Bristol Channel, and ecclesiastical history in the nineteenth century. --Martin Crossley Evans, Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, Transactions 135, 2017
Miller offers an insight into the role of a number of societies operating missions at this time. Though much of Dr John Ashley's life remains unknown, Dr Ashley's Pleasure Yacht takes a crucial step in unravelling the story of a character whose efforts played a pivotal role in early British Seafaring Mission history. --Suzi Higton, The Expository Times, Volume 129, Number 2, November 2017
Robert Miller's biography of Rev. John Ashley is a much more detailed portrait than anything else now available of a man who was central to the early period of maritime ministry.... Miller's book helps understand the early years of maritime mission in a way that can still instruct those currently involved.... This [book] should continue to inspire seafarers welfare in the twenty-first century. --The MARE Report, Volume 3, 2017
About the Author
R.W.H. Miller, currently a Catholic priest in the west of England, has been a long-time student of Maritime Social History and member of the Society for Nautical Research and the International Maritime Economic History Association. He has worked for both the Missions to Seamen and the Apostleship of the Sea. He is the author of Priest in Deep Water (2010) and One Firm Anchor (2013), also published by The Lutterworth Press.
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