These church records were made by the Norwegian seaman's priests at the Port Elizabeth, South Africa station. The include the births, confirmations, marriages, and deaths of the seaman and their families. The priest were required to make two copies of the original records. One copy was sent to the secretary of the Norwegian seamans mission in Bergen, Norway and the other copy was sent to the bishop of the State Church (Lutheran) in Bergen, Norway during the month of Feb. each year. For each ordinance that the priest performed he was also required to sent a certificate of the ordinance to the priest in the home town of the seaman for recording in that church book as well.
Digital images of the church books are found online at Digitalarkivet. Den Norske Sjømannsmisjonen/ Philadelphia, USA: 1912-1931