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Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood

Lyttelton Sailors' Home

Lyttelton Sailors' Home.

The Sailors' Home—a fitting adjunct to a shipping port—is a building in every way suited to its purpose. Since 1865 there has been a "Home" in Lyttelton, and a very prosperous institution it has been; but it was only in March, 1883, that the foundation-stone of the present building, in Norwich. Quay, was laid, and it is only within the past few months that it has been completed and occupied. It is a two-storey brick building, with a lofty, well-lit basement. On the ground floor are a dining-room, 25 feet long, and four other rooms, used for reading, smoking, office, and occasional rooms. On the basement are kitchen, scullery, pantry, store-rooms, and some bedrooms. The top floor is entirely devoted to bedrooms. These are all a good size, well lit and ventilated, well furnished, and with clean, comfortable-looking bedding—quite up to the standard of most hotels, and considerably cleaner, better, and more comfortable than the rooms usually devoted to Jack ashore, either in boarding-houses or hotels. There are three bath-rooms fitted up with hot and cold water, and every convenience. The sitting-rooms are also well furnished, clean, and comfortable, and everywhere in the Home evidence is to be seen that comfort and cleanliness are the ends aimed at. There is accommodation for 32 boarders, and the average number staying has been about 28. The charge is 16s 6d per week, or 2s 6d per day. Three good meals are supplied for this. It is, of course, conducted on temperance principles. The management of the institution is in the hands of a committee consisting of six members of the Lyttelton Harbour Board.