p. 4, McMurtrie enumerates the work of the ASFS:
6. Places loan libraries (43 volumes) on board ships for the use of the crew at sea. This society has about 3,000 loan libraries constantly afloat.
7. Provides Bibles, Hymn Books and Manuals of Worship, so that the worship of God can be maintained on board ships at sea.
p. 6: The American Seaman’s Friend Society is the Christian Church on the seas, rivers, bays and ports of the United States and abroad….