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He maketh the storm a calmı, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they sailors glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them ant their desired haven. Psalms.
From the Sailor's Magazine. CAPTAIN CHALKLEY, OF THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS.
He was born in Southwark, in 1675, of honest and religious parents, and went to settle in America, in 1710, (I take it from his own journal, written by himself,) and died in the island of Tortola, in the year 1741. In page 231, he says, ---- On the 15th of the sixth month, 1729, having loaded the ship “ New Bristol Ilope" a second time, I sailed in her as master from Philadelphia, and, having a concern to visit the Meeting of Friends at Salem, I left the ship at Gloucester, under the care of the pilot, and went by land to the first-day meeting at Salem, and from thence to Elsenborough, and staid till the ship came down ; and on the 20th of the month we got to sea, and had a fair wind for several days, and lived very lovingly on board, being respectfully treated by my Sailors. In this voyage we had several meetings on board, the first of which was at the request of my second mate, to call the Sailors together in the cabin ; I not being forward to propose it to them, lest they should suspect me of some vanity, in desiring to preach to them, they not knowing the cross of Christ in that exercise. This time we came to a tolerable market with our provision, which made our stay but short, yet I was divers times at the Bridge-Meeting of Friends. Soon after I went to Bridge-Town, to clear out the vessel, and was at their week-day meeting. The subject matter I had to treat of in that meeting was, that the Lord bringeth low, and he raiseth up again; and that in divers respects, as to kingdoms, families, and particular persons, and as to health, wealth, honour, &c. divers were appealed to as witnesses of it. After this meeting I went to visit the Governor, who was courteous to me, and took my visit kindly, and desired to be remembered to our Governor, and several others, and wished me a prosperous voyage, and well back again ; he said whoever lived to see it, Pennsylvania would be the metropolis of America in some hundred of years ; he said he “ loved downright honest men, but he hated deceit and hypocrisy ;” a great man and a great expression.
“ The 21st of the eighth month, 1729, we, having done our busi. ness, weighed anchor and went to sea, and on the 26th, we had a good meeting with the ship's company, for the service and worship of God; in which the gospel of Christ was declared without partiality, and the reigning sins of Sailors openly exposed, according to the doctrine of the gospel and the Most High Lord, who was entreated to carry on in the earth the great work of reformation. Hitherto we had fine pleasant weather. The beginning of the ninth month, we had a very blustering stormy time for many days; and met with some disasters.
Twelfth of the same month we found ourselves in lat. 36 deg. 17. min. north ; but the wind was ahead, and our fresh stock of provisions almost expended, and winter coming on apace, the nights dark, and long, made it seem tedious to our people, the which I was helped to bear with patience. The 14th day, about eigit o'clock at night, John Plasket, one of our best Sailors, through the violent pitching of the ship, fell into the sea, from off the bowsprit ; one of the Sailors, seeing bim fall, vimbly threw a rope to him, which be caught bold of, and the people helped him into the ship ; though in all probability he had perished in the sea if he had missed taking hold of the rupe. I was thankful to the Almighty for this young man's life, and took it as a great favour from heaven. 1730-1 was now preparing for the fourth voyage, as master of the New Bristol Flope, for Barbadoes, but it grew harder and harder for me to leave my family, wbich, for many considerations, was very exercising ; yet I was obliged to continue going to sea, upon an honourable account, i. e. that no person might surfer by me if I could help it; and, having got our vessel loaded, we sailed from Philadelphia the 9th of the fifth month, 1730. Next day came to anchor at Chester, and visited my old friend, David Lloyd, who, with his spouse Grace, treated me with tender Christian love. The Judge and I being old acquaintance, and both of us in years, and be not well, we took leave as if we were not to see each other any more, (which happened so,) for he died before I returned. We weighed anchor at Chester, and got down to Elsenborough, and went to Salero meeting (it being the first day of the week) with some of our passengers and Sailors. The meeting was pretty large, and I was earnestly concerned for their welfare, (as I had often been when I was absent,) and was glad I was with them that day. On the 16th of the ninth month we arrived at Barbadoes. The 17th there arose. about midnight, a hard gale of wind, which the Barbadians call a tornado, and blew more than ten vessels ashore, great and small, which were wholly lost ; and our ship was very near the rocks, people looking every minute when she would come on shore ; but through Di. vine fayour we escaped with only the boat stove against the rocks. I would have got on board, but that was impracticable ; but I got on the highest place I could, from which I could see them in the ship, and they me on shore, for we could not, for the violence of the wind, hear one another; yet they were so near the fort, where I stood, that I could discern them one from another, and they me from the multitude of people, (many being in the fort with me.) Seeing the chief mate look towards me, I waved my hat to him, and he, in answer, bis to me; then I made signal to him to go to sea, which they immediately did, letting slip their cables, and went to sea without either boat, anchor, or cables, and came in the next day, and got their cables and anchors again, to the great joy of many of the inhabitants, whose hearty prayers were for our safety, as many of them told me.
“ This, among many others, I put among my calendar of deliverances and preservations from imminent dangers by the hand of Divine Providence. - We staid this time in Barbadoes about five weeks, leay. ing it 27, (7) 1730; and there I met with my friend Robert Jordan, a
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brother in the work and fellowship of the gospel of Christ, who took his passage with us for Philadelphia, and whose company was pleasant and confortable. One evening he was repeating some verses of the excellent Addison's, which I transcribed as well in memory of that great author, as also that they answered my state and condition in my watery travels, and in the extremes of heat and cold, and some poisonous airs I have often breathed in."
[T. C.'s journal, dated 6th month, 1733, viz. “ I had on board three Whitehaven Sailors, Wm. Towerson, Wm. Trimble, and Wm. Atkinson ; and I do not remember that I heard either of them swear an oath during the whole voyage ; which I thought worthy to stand on record, because it is so rare in seafaring men. So far-Thomas Chalkley."
[T. C.'s journal, viz. 6th month, 31, 1, 34,-" We had another meeting on board our vessel, to which came several from other vessels, and some from the shore, &c. I was invited next first day on the ship King George; the master told me his cabin was large, and would hold more than mine ; but we did stay till first day.” Thus thou seest he was ready to do all good in and out of season.]
NORTH-EAST LONDON AUXILIARY SEAMEN'S FRIEND.
SOCIETY AND BETHEL UNION. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Second Anniversary of this Institution was held at Albion Chapel, Moorfields ; when the President, Capt. Sir George Mouat Keith, Bart. R. N. was called to the chair. The Report (from which we make the following extract) was read by Mr. E. 0. Dyson, the Secretary
At a ship prayer-meeting, where there were more than 40 Sailors present, one of them, who engaged at that time, said to a friend, “Do · you not remember on board such a ship I was called upon to pray,
and, attempting it, I could not go on ? but now, blessed be God! he has unloosed my stammering tongue, and has set my soul at a happy liberty ;” which indeed was true, as the visitors found it a time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. About a fortnight after the above meeting, another was held, where general interest was felt : two captains, two mates, and one of the captain's wives, poured out their hearts before God in solemn and affecting supplications, and humble and hearty praises for his having had compassion upon their sinful souls, and for the enjoyment they experienced at the prayermeetings on board ships. At another time, as your Committee were taking a boat to the ship where the meeting was to be held that evening, two Sailors were on the beach looking at the signal: they were invited to accompany them to the praver-meeting ; they replied, they were strangers in London, had heard of such meetings, and should be happy to attend. They went, and one of them engaged in prayer, and, in a very fervent manner, expressed his gratitude to God for the kindness of the friends in conducting them there. Another Seaman blessed God that, through a long voyage, their ship's crew had had divine worship every day, morning and evening. At another meeting, Capt.
H a ddressed the Seamen, in a solemn and pathetic manner, on the importance
of the religion of Jesus Christ, and of the uncertainty of our continuance in this life, (alluding to the total wreck of his own father's ship, who, with others, perished in the ocean in sight of his own house.) He also observed that God was doing a great work at Harwich, where hundreds of Sailors attended the Bethel prayer-meetings ; by means of which, under the influence of the Spirit of all grace, be believed many were truly converted to God. At another of our prayer-meetings, eight Seamen and a cabin-boy engaged in prayer. To these circumstances we allude (not to mention others) to show that the Lord has begun to fulfil the promise to his Son, that “ the abundance of the sea shall be converted to Him."
After the Report was read, Sir G. Keith addressed the audience, which was numerous and respectable.
The influence of our Seamen, said Sir George, is not confined to our own country; they visit all countries, and are examples of good or evil to all nations they visit ; therefore, it is necessary and incumbent upon us to render them good examples to them. In my opinion, they are useful in another point of view. We are sending missionaries to every part of the world. Our seamen visit these countries, and what our missionaries do by preaching, our Seamen do by example; and I need not say how much more striking'example is than precert; thus they may become living epistles known and read of all men. Of all classes of men, there are none to whom prayer is of more inportance, or of so much importance as Seamen; this arises from various causes ; from the nature of their early education; from the society into which they go; from the privations - to which they are exposed, of food, of water, of clothes, and many other things--they are subject to every variety of climate, from the torrid zone to the arctic circle—they are in jeopardy every hour. Now when we combine all these together, we must admit that prayer is, to a Sailor, a great blessing ; deprive him of that, and you deprive him of his sheet anchor. The Sailors may be carried to the most remote regions of the globe, far from their friends ; but they cannot be banished from God, nor find any difficulty in drawing near to him, in whose hand is the uttermost parts of the sea. Many here have long realized the great blessings of the Gospel ; and permit me to remind you, that one of the strongest evidences you can give of your attachment to it, is an anxiety that others should know that word which maketh wise to salvation ; yet a little while, and your opportunities of doing good will be at an end, and happy the man of whoin his Lord will say, “he hath done what he could."
Rev. Geo. Burder.-Who does not love a Sailor? Every Epglishman loves a Sailor, because every Englishman knows how much he is indebted to Seamen for defending our coast from invasion, and for many of the comforts of life : our tea, sugar, coffee, cotton, and a thousand other things for the support of life ; but how have we shown our gratitude to these brave men ? We have considered them much as the Priest and Levite did the poor man whom they passed by, and left half dead: we have seen them not half dead, but as altogether dead, and considered them too bad to be mended. When we have seen an assemblage in the street concerning some shocking occur
Total loss of the packet ship Albion.
rence, we have passed by, and said, Oh! it is only a drunken Sailor! as if he was not worthy our notice; but we have begun, I trust, to correct our mistake, and this society has proved that they may become useful members. I confess I was one who formerly had very little hope of reclaiming Sailors, but I have endeavoured to correct my mistake, by preparing a few sermons for Seamen ; and, I hope, God will give them some of that good success with which he was pleased to favour the “ Village Sermons.” At Ramsgate, an affecting circumstance occurred some time ago to a good man of the name of Dawson, who had been a Seaman, but had left the sea service. A ship coming in there commanded by an acquaintance of his, the captain requested our friend to take charge of the ship for the night, as he wanted to be on shore ; he agreed to do so, and went on board for that purpose. In the course of the night, a tremendous gale arose, which drove them from their moorings, and they were obliged to run till they reached the coast of France, where they were taken prisoners ; and the man, who had breakfasted with his family, was in two days in a French prison, and there confined for ten years. But there was several pious men among them who found their consolation in religion-they were allowed by the priest to assemble together for that purpose. Having but few books, they agreed to write them out, and send copies of them to their fellow prisoners in different parts of the country. Six copies of the “ Village Sermons” were written out; the whole of “ Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns" were written out; great part of the Scriptures, some of “ Mr. Flavel's Sermon ;” and these were circulated among all the prisons in France. This shows the necessity of putting into their hands suitable tracts, to be ready for them on all occasions, amidst the danger and hardsbips to which they are exposed. Who would have thought that that fine ship, the Thames, which sailed on Wednesday last, should have been a wreck on the coast of Sussex on Sunday morning; this is another proof of the hazards of the sea.
(To be concluded.)
TOTAL LOSS OF THE PACKET SHIP ALBION! It has become our painful duty to record the most distressing intel. ligence of the total loss of the New York Packet Ship Albion, Capt. Williams, which sailed from this port on the first of April for Liverpool. She was driven ashore on the coast of Ireland off Garretstown, near Old Point of Kinsale, on the 22d of April, before daylight in the morning, and NEARLY ALL ON BOARD PERISHED! She had a crew of twenty-four men, only seven of whom were saved. The following are the pames of the passengers who went out in the Albion.
Gen. Count Lefebvre Desnouttes, (under the name of Gravez,) and Mr. Chabut, his nephew, of Paris ; Mr. Lemercier, New Orleans ; Mrs. Garnier and son, New-York; Mrs. Pye, do. ; Miss Powell, Canada; Major Gough, of the British army ; Wm. Proctor, N. Y. Wm. H. Dwight, Boston ; G. W. Raynon ; Mr. Bending; Philotime Delpla, Bordeaux ; Victor Mellisent, Paris; G. H, Clark and lady, Albany; Col. Prevost; A. M. Fisher, Professor of Mathematics in Yale Col