The Sailor’s Mass
In my Grandfather’s time the village of Passage East, Co. Waterford, was famous for its sailors, and most of the local men went to sea at an early age, signing on for trips to foreign parts on the many sailing ships out of Waterford Port. Many of these men were what was called Longshore Men, and could be at sea for months at a time depending on the length of the voyage.
The reputation of Passage men was legendary among Shipowners and merchants trading in and out of the port. My Grandfather, who owned several ships, always signed Passage men to crew his ships and there was also a tradition of Pilots living in the village, in fact, when I was a boy, living in nearby Woodstown, I knew several of the then pilots who were Passage men and I would see them from time to time…
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