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preach as well as the captain himself, and we saw black and white turning to God with tears and cries, and not a few obtained mercy, and blessed God for the Sailor Missionaries.'"

“In the same year (1833) J. P. arrived in Jamaica, and shortly after was seized with the malignant fever of the country; he was carried ashore to the hospital, and there pronounced incurable. An aged black woman, who attended on him, hearing that his case was considered desperate, obtained permission to carry him to her own dwelling, and there God so blessed her charitable efforts, that the young man was speedily restored to health.

As soon as he was able to speak, prompted as well by gratitude as duty, he sought to show his affectionate nurse that her soul was yet more diseased than his body had been. The patient in turn became the physician, and the same divine blessing rendered successful his more important efforts. When she had administered his medicine, the nurse would kneel down by his bedside, while he read to her a portion of the word of God, and poured out his soul in prayer for the daughter of Ham.

As soon as his strength permitted, a few of the negroes who resided near were called in to listen to his convers?tion, and before he left the island, he had the happiness of knowing that many to whom he had been the messenger of glad tidings, were seeking the Lord with their whole heart."

W. G. left England in a vessel bound to Bombay. In the course of the voyage, his consistent conduct and zealous endeavours to bring his shipmates to the knowledge of the truth, had been blessed of God to the conversion of several of the crew, and on reaching their destination, these devoted young men exerted themselves to the utmost to proclaim to the natives and the Europeans the way of salvation. They mustered what tracts they could find in the ship, they procured some also on shore, and they

themselves a sum of money which they employed in purchasing copies of the word of God, to distribute wherever an opportunity offered. They held meetings for prayer, in which they saw with devout thankfulness much fruit of their labours. On one occasion, as they were pulling to shore to an evening meeting, a boat shot past them belonging to a British frigate that lay but a small distance from their own vessel, and W. G. recogo nised in her a former shipmate. The next day he' ob

raised among

tained leave to visit his old companion, and such were his pious exertions with this man and others, that before they parted, several of the gallant crew of the man-of-war had volunteered to serve the Lord.”

Anecdotes of a similar kind sufficient to fill a volume, might easily be afforded; for wherever the religion of the Gospel exists, its possessor is moved to make known the blessedness he enjoys. “Ye are the salt of the earth, the light of the world,” said the Saviour to his disciples; and the ardent spirit of a British sailor forms a powerful illustration of his words. The simplicity that marks his disposition, prevents any attempt at concealment; nor would he assume a character, or make a profession, that does not belong to him. Oh! when the soul of a sailor is lighted up by divine grace, he will not put his candle under a bushel, but cause his light to shine all around. Let it be our endeavour to kindle the sacred flame, and to send forth pious seamen who shall bear the hallowed treasure to distant nations. Let them be the Missionaries of the isles who wait for his law, until from the north and the south, and the east and the west, penitent sinners shall “ stretch out their hands unto God.

“ E. L.

NOTICES OF SHIPWRECKS.

SHIPWRECKS, though so truly dreadful in themselves, are of so frequent occurrence, that the just impression which they are calculated to produce on the mind, we fear, is in many instances lost as to its beneficial influence. Notices of some of them it seems indispensable to record in the “Pilot," as the melancholy means of appealing to the sympathies of Christian landsmen. We cannot refrain from beseeching our readers to reflect upon their obligations to our mariners, whose domestic enjoyments, religious privileges, and in many instances their precious lives, are sacrificed in their arduous labours to promote their welfare and luxuries in favoured, happy Britain. The following cases cannot be read by Christians without their hearts being deeply affected to sympathy for seamen.

WRECK OF THE MEDUSA. The Medusa, Captain O'Neil, of 320 tons, sailed from Jamaica for Kinsale in Ireland, on the 4th of August, with eleven cabin and eight steerage passengers, with a good ship’s company of eighteen, including the officers. In a hurricane on the 2d of September, land was discovered on the starboard bow. Their fears of the decks being swept fore and aft were soon realized by a heavy sea coming over her, disabling the wheel, carrying away the carpenter and the cook, and the life and jolly boats. All hope of escape was gone before daylight ; breakers were heard on the starboard bo

all subordination ceased, and every one thought only of the best mode for a chance of self-preservation. Signals of distress were fired, but they were only wasted amidst the confusion of the wild elements. A little after three o'clock, she struck, and was immediately on her beam ends, the sea making complete breaches over her. One universal scene of destruction took place, and in a few minutes after the first dreadful shock, only four souls of the whole ship's company and passengers (thirtyseyen when they left Jamaica), survived. These four had lashed themselves to spars and committed their fates to the waves. They were picked up on the beach of the Isle of Pines by some Spaniards, in a mutilated and exhausted state. Three of them were seamen, the fourth a steerage passenger of the name of Doherty. The ship had struck upon the Cloradoes, an extensive sand bank about half a mile off the main land. The day after the wreck, more than twenty bodies were washed on the beach with a quantity of the cargo. The cabin passengers consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Urquhart and their daughter, Mr. M‘Lean, Mr. Murray and his two sons, Mr. O'Blara, Mr. Farrell, and two gentlemen whose names our communicant did not know. Doherty was not expected to live.

The Medusa was a fine barque, was commanded by one well-acquainted with the navigation, and had made several voyages to the West Indies.

Surely, all travelling by sea or by land, should have the prayers

of Christian affection; and corresponding with the perils of very sudden death, should be the efforts that those exposed to them should be prepared for any change from time to eternity!-Editor.

LOSS OF THE ROYAL TAR STEAMER, WITH

LOSS OF MANY LIVES. On the 21st of October, she left St. John's, New Brunswick, for Portland, with ninety to one hundred passengers and crew, having on deck one elephant, two camels, several horses, and a number of animals in cages, belonging to a travelling caravan.

On the 25th, the water was found to be out of the boiler, and in about an hour afterwards she was discovered to be on fire! The engineer, with fifteen other persons in the largest boat, got to land in about four hours. Captain Reed took the other boat, and some of the passengers in her got to a position to windward. The Royal Tar drifted directly out to sea : a revenue cutter at Custine, seeing a signal of distress, bore up to the relief of the Tar, which was soon in flames nearly from stem to stern. A small space forward, which had not taken fire, was crowded with survivors; those on the quarter-deck were driven over-board by the flames, and others hung to the davit, tackles, chains, and ropes attached to the rudder. Some hung by ropes made fast on deck, but these, when the ropes were attained by the flames, were precipitated into the sea and drowned.

The last boat left the wreck a little before sunset with one solitary frantic female (the last on board), whose sister and child had both perished before her eyes. The loss of lives is estimated at between twenty-six and thirty-two, as some small children were on board and had not been inserted in the passenger list. The elephant, camels, and horses jumped overboard ; the caged animals were burnt, There was a large quantity of gunpowder on board ; none of the passengers' or crew's baggage was saved. New York Express.

• In the midst of life we (seamen especially) are in death."-EDITOR.

MELANCHOLY SHIPWRECK OF THE BRISTOL!!

SEVENTY LIVES LOST.

The Bristol, Captain M Kown, from Liverpool for New York, was off Sandy Hook at nine P. M. on Sunday night the 20th of November, with lanterns out as signal for a pilot, at which time a gale had just commenced. No pilots, however, were out, and the ship had to stand off. At a quarter before four, A.M., on Monday morning, the ship struck on Far-Rockaway, about five miles from New York, and, distressing to relate, at daylight, although within half a mile of the shore, no relief could be afforded to the distressed passengers and crew, who were clinging to the shrouds. All day they remained in this situation, the surf being so high that no one could approach her. At about eleven, P. M., the sea abated, and boats went to her relief, and succeeded in taking off the captain, a portion of the crew, and some of the cabin and steerage passengers.

We are, however, distressed to state, that two seamen, the cook and steward, with a Mr. Donnelly, two Misses Carlton, cabin passengers, and about sixty steerage passengers, perished. All were rescued who remained on the wreck when the boats reached her; but during the day the ship went to pieces, and on Tuesday morning the sternpost only was left.

Ought not seamen especially, (and also all who travel by sea), to have the affectionate and attentive regard of Christians, that they may be prepared when perils--such sudden and appalling dangers-may at a moment, when not looked for, plunge them to their final audit, and their irrevocable, eternal state ?- Editor.

LOSS OF THE HINDOO.

We regret to announce the loss of the ship Hindoo, of Belfast, Michael Driscoll, commander. This beautiful vessel was only thirteen months built, and was the first ship from Belfast that had been regularly entered on the East India trade. She was the property of Messrs. Sinclair and Boyd, and was built at our port. A letter from the master states, that on the night of the 9th of August last, the Hindoo was driven on shore in a storm, after having been buffetted about for five or six hours, thirty-eight miles to the southward of Bombay, at Regedopore Bay. The chief mate and a boy (the latter belonging to Belfast) were drowned. The vessel was totally wrecked. It is worthy of remark, that at this period, the sun for seventeen days had not been seen at Bombay, an alarming, unprecedented thing there.- Belfast News.

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