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The Gospel Ship

The gospel ship is sailing, sailing, sailing

Author: Ruthanna Vallerchamp
Tune: [The gospel ship is sailing, sailing, sailing] (51133)
Published in 32 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 The Gospel Ship is sailing,
Sailing, sailing;
The Gospel Ship is sailing,
Bound for Canaan’s happy shore.
All who would ship for glory,
Glory, glory;
All who would ship for glory,
Come and welcome, rich and poor.

Glory, hallelujah!
All on board are sweetly singing;
Glory, hallelujah!
Hallelujah to the Lamb!

2 Sails filled with heavenly breezes,
Swiftly glides the ship along,
Her company are singing,
Glory, glory is their song. [Refrain]

3 Take passage now for glory,
Sailing o’er life’s troubled sea,
With us you shall be happy,
Happy through eternity. [Refrain]

Source: Gospel Jewels #109

Author: Ruthanna Vallerchamp

Ruth Davis Vallerchamp was born to Jonathan and Rebecca Davis of Catawissa. In 1829 she married Azima Vanderchamp. They lived in Mount Pleasant township, Columbia County, where they joined the Evangelical Association in 1845. Azima became a licensed preacher in 1847 and preached until 1852. Ruth Vallerchamp was known as the hymn writer laureate of the Evangelical Association. Many of her poems were published in their newspaper Der Christliche Botschafter Dianne Shapiro, from "Early Hymn Writers of Evangelical Association associated with New Berlin, PA" by Milton W. Loyer (accessed from Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The gospel ship is sailing, sailing, sailing
Title: The Gospel Ship
Author: Ruthanna Vallerchamp
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Glory, hallelujah, all on board are sweetly singing
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 32 of 32)
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Bradbury's Golden Chain of Sabbath School Melodies #49

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Dew Drops of Sacred Song #125d

Favorite Songs #d23

Golden Censer #d73

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Gospel Jewels #109

Hymns for the Use of the Sunday School of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, Jersey City #d146

Hymns of The Voice of Praise #d249

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Inspiring Songs No. 1 #158

Our New Book for Sunday Schools, Prayer, Praise and Gospel Meetings #d62

Our Song Wreath #d23

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Pilgrim's Songs #95

Redemption's Message #d112

Revival and Camp Minstrel, containing the Best Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected #d307

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Sabbath Carols #106

Sabbath Carols #d109

Songs of Praise #d105

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Songs of the Covenant #198

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The Christian Harp and Sabbath School Songster #64

The Clariona #d200

The Eolian Harp #d103

The Gem #d145

The Gospel Alarm #d152

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The New Golden Censer #52

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The New Golden Chain of Sabbath School Melodies #49

The Salvation Soldier's Song Book #d103

The Singing Pilgrim #d165

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d822

The Voice of Praise #d248

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The World Revival Songs and Hymns #59

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The Y. M. Christian Association Hymn-Book, with Tunes. #27b

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Young Men's Christian Association Hymn and Tune Book #171

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