The church is an amalgamation of two late medieval Chapels – one dedicated to Our Lady of the Quay and one to St Nicholas, both saints whose prayers have assisted sailors over the centuries. Mary is traditionally thought of as the ‘Star of the Sea’, who guides us to our home in Christ just as a sailor uses the stars to map his journey home. Nicholas, being a 3rd century AD Bishop of a port (Myra), is the patron saint of sailors.
From its inception, therefore, this church has had a close relationship with the maritime community. It is the physical home to a large number of memorial books and plaques and the spiritual home to an even larger number of Royal and Merchant seafarers.