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that we may express our wishes that it may be extensively read, so well adapted as it is to benefit seamen and to interest landsmen. Merchants and friends of seamen would do well to purchase copies of this discourse, price only sixpence, for circulation among seamen and others.
THE SAVING LIGHT.
“The saving light was again streaming over the waves."
Penny Magazine, article Eddystone Lighthouse.
Who can survey the saving light
That streams across the waves,
From death more dread, that saves ?
The tempest howls, the billows roll,
And awful rocks are nigh;
There striking — she must die !
And by its beaming steer ;
Though dangerous they, and near.
, urge thy course through wind and tide
That saving light in view;
And safe thou shalt get through.
And though thy track be rough and dark,
The storm thou shalt outride;
The happy shore beside.
The storm-toss'd voy'ger there shall rest,
His toils and dangers o'er,
Immortal! evermore !
A. B. B. B.
SHIP-BUILDING IN AMERICA.
One of the New York papers, received recently, gives an account of the vessels, built last year, in the United States, as follows:- the whole number is 957, and tonnage 118,830; namely, 98 ships, 94 brigs, 497 schooners, 180 sloops, and 88 steam-vessels. It is also mentioned that the total number of vessels, in the port of New Orleans, on the 23d of December, was 234, consisting of 82 ships, 71 brigs, and 81 schooners.
HONOUR TO SEAMEN'S FRIENDS IN AMERICA.
In the last number of the American Sailor's MAGAZINE, is the following interesting record :
“By a singular oversight, the spot where the mortal remains of the late Rev. Mr. Brown were deposited, was lost sight of at the time of his burial; and no monument was erected to his memory. Very recently the spot has been ascertained beyond a doubt, and a suitable monument now marks the place. It is in the graveyard in Christie Street, between Stanton and Houstoun Streets, but a short distance to the right of the principal entrance. Very appropriately, he lies by the side of the late Capt. Christopher Prince, one of the first members of the New York Bethel Union, and one of the earliest and most devoted friends of the sailor. Their ashes mingle, as their souls did on earth; and we trust their bodies will rise together at the last great day. The following is the inscription on the monument:
««• In memory of the Rev. Joseph Brown, who departed this life September 16th 1833, aged 46. He was born at Ashby, Mas.; educated at Middlebury College and Andover Theological Seminary; was eight years preacher in the Mariner's Church, Charlestown, s. C., and at his decease was Corresponding Secretary of the American Seamen's Friend Society.
“ • By nature, modest, sincere, affectionate, patient; by grace, diligent in business, fervent in spirit, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
“In him all found a consistent minister, Seamen a devoted benefactor - he lived for their good, and died in their service. Yes, reader, here lies
THE SAILOR'S FRIEND.'
ANOTHER MARINER'S CHURCH. We are gratified to be able to state, that a Mariner's Church has been duly organized in the Seamen's meeting at North Square, in Boston, where the Rev. Mr. Taylor officiates; following the example of the Mariner's Church on Fort Hill, where the Rev. Mr. Lord is the stated Pastor, and where the experience of nearly seven years has tested the peculiar benefits of placing all the ordinances of the Gospel within the reach of sailors, in their own appropriate assembly. There are now known to be organized Mariners' Churches in Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Troy, Utica, Buffalo, and Cleveland. It would be well for the cause, could the same be said of every place in the land, where a meeting for seamen is statedly held.
A VOICE FROM THE OCEAN. CAPT. John P. BOWERS writes, from the west coast of Sumatra, at a place called Qualah Battoo, where, on the 27th of May last, he was lying taking in pepper, to a pious shipmaster thus:
Last evening we had a prayer-meeting on board my ship. Our congregation consisted of twenty men, all my own seamen. They are from eighteen to fifty years of age; and, when I sailed, were all of them in the gall of bitterness and bonds of iniquity. Three of them are now rejoicing in a sin-pardoning God, and others are inquiring what they shall do to be saved. To God be all the glory. Three years ago I was rolling down the streets of Norfolk, and fighting against that dear Saviour. O, my brother, you know this was a brand plucked from the burning.
" It is a privilege, and a glorious duty, to tell to all around what a dear Saviour I have found.
My supercargo is against me, but He who is for me is greater than all that can be against me, and I find his grace sufficient
Pray for us."
SUNDAY SAILING AT SEA. “We had never thought of it before,” said Captain C. and another Christian brother; “but it seems to us that the command to sanctify the Sabbath—— Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work," &c., requires not only the omission of many things proper to be attended to on other days for the comfort of the voyage, but also that less effort be made on Sunday for the fast sailing of the vessel.
“ The Sabbath was made for man," and not less for seamen than for other men; for, in the sweet words of the Sailor's hymn:
“Toss'd upon life's raging billow,
Sweet it is, O Lord, to know;
And canst feel a sailor's woe." Sympathizing thus with the tempted and troubled mariner, does he desire that this most precious means of grace and consolation should be debarred him? When, therefore, no dangerous navigation, threatening storm, want of provisions, or similar case of necessity or distress exist, why should there not be as much Sabbath intermission in the labours of seamen as of landsmen ? Does this seem like strange doctrine to any one? It will not, when all who dwell on the land and sail on the sea shall be converted unto the Lord. Oh! what a glorious Sabbath will that be, when from every fixed and every floating dwelling, its approach shall be hailed in the glad anthem,
“ Another six ays' work is done,
Another Sabbath is begun;
THE VOLUME ENTERPRISE FOR SAILORS AT
MOBILE. WF are gratified to learn, that after the recent visit of an agent of the American Tract Society at Mobile, the ladies ongaged to raise for the Society whatever money might be necessary for supplying the steam boats and other shipping at that place with permanent libraries, according to the plan adopted by the Tract Society. This is as it should be; and it is hoped that benevolent individuals in other places will go and do likewise.
AMERICA AND ENGLAND UNITED.
“AMERICA and England united,” as Christian nations, in works of justice, mercy, and religion, might, and would, under the blessing of God, effect wonders in our disordered world. Christianity, and an intelligent policy, based upon the doctrines of the Gospel, are rendering their union increasingly efficient: and we pray, that it may be sacred and perpetual.
The following extract from a Massachusetts newspaper affords evidence of the growing good-will between Englishmen and Americans.
“ The English armed brig Savage, with sixteen pirates on board, has arrived at Salem, where they are to be landed for trial. It is honourable to modern nations, that instead of being asylums of foreign criminals, that community exists which aids each other in bringing felons to the proper tribunals of justice. These prisoners are charged with piracy and robbing the brig Mexican of Salem; and will probably be tried at the October term of the Circuit Court of the United States in this city. The Mexican is now in our harbour ready for sea. The same captain and mate who were in her at the time of the robbery, were going in her, but in consequence of the unexpected arrival of the pirates, their places were supplied by other officers, and they will remain at home to give evidence at the trial. The robbery committed upon the Mexican was one of the most audacious and cruel acts of piracy on record. She was bound to Rio Janeiro from this port; and was plundered by a piratical schooner under Brazilian colours, on the 20th September 1832, lat. 33° long. 34° 30'; and robbed of 20,000 dollars in specie, the officers and crew stripped of every thing valuable, fastened below, and the vessel set on fire, with the horrid intention of destroying her with all on board. Captain Butman and his men succeeded in getting on deck through the scuttle, which the pirates had left unsecured, extinguished the flames, and returned home. Our Government ordered a vessel to cruize in pursuit, but she gave up the chase as hopeless. The piratical vessel was afterwards taken on the African coast by his Britannic Majesty's brig Curlew, and destroyed. The British Government, in transporting, at their own expense, to the United States, the pirates who robbed the Mexican, give proof that they view all