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TABLE OF ACCIDENTS.
If we suppose that only one soul has perished from each of those vessels which have been either stranded, or foundered, or abandoned, or sunk, or condemned, or wrecked, or not heard of, (not to include those under the head of damaged,) we number a loss of ONE HUNDRED AND ONE LIVES !
Add to these, FORTY-Five positively known to be lost, and we have a total of THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SIX !!
• Hull, 23rd Feb. The “ Falcon," Wallace, from Grimsby, was this morning discovered to be on fire, and was obliged to be scuttled near the Victoria Jetty, after landing passengers and luggage.
+ Smyrna, 29th Jan. Two or three British vessels are reported to be lost, and several others of the same flag to be in a perilous situation, in and at the entrance of the Dardanelles, by the “Stamboul,” arrived here, from Constantinople.
Liverpool, 23rd Feb. A vessel of about 300 tons, with a yellow streak, dismasted, and waterlogged, was passed 20th inst., off Cape Clear, by the “ St. Clair,” Putnam, arrived here.
Campbeltown, 21st Feb. For some days past, parts of the wreck of apparently a large vessel, have been washing in, on the West coast of Kintyre.
Waterford, 23rd Feb. Part of the deck of a vessel, a compass, and binnacle, with the name of Alert thereon, have heen driven on shore, at the entrance of the harbour, supposed to be part of the wreck of the “ Alert,” Symonds, from Cardiff to this place. Crew supposed to be drowned.
The ship“ Frederick," of St. Andrews, N. B., waterlogged, with foremast standing, and some people in the top, was passed in lat. 42., long, 56., by the “Hebe," Wright, arrived in the river from St. John, N. B.; but could render no assistance, on account of severe weather.
Milford, 4th March. A wreck was boarded yesterday, about a mile from Morloes; the hull is several feet below the surface of the water, and the mast is broken about six feet from the deck.
Berwick, 14th March. A vessel from Steltin, the name of which we have not yet heard, bound for Newcastle, with grain, is on shore at Holy Island. Two men, it is said, have perished.
Portsmouth, 5th March. A brig, timber-laden and water-logged, with “London" on the wreck, was passed 22nd ult., in lat. 43c, lon. 10°, by the 'Enries,' Pandovan, arrived here from Venice.
Genoa, 28th Feb. About twenty vessels (Greeks, Turks, English, and Austrians) are reported to have been wrecked along the channel, near Tacche Bianche.
A smack struck on a rock off Milford, 1st inst, and capsized; crew drowned.
Trieste, 20th Feb. Seven vessels, (one English, one American, two Sicilian, from Naples to Gallipoli; two Greek, and one Austrian, from Trieste to Algiers,) were wrecked on the coast of Lecce, during a violent gale, 29th ult.
Cuxhaven, 9th March. A barque, apparently north country built, with blue sides, black ports. timber-laden, and water-logged, was past 2ud inst, in lat. 54°, lon. 49 E., by the 'Eurus,' Hudson ; arrived at this port.
Crookhaven, 10th March. A brig belonging to Whitby, (with 'Mary' and 'pby' on her,) waterlogged, and with only mainmast standing, was fallen in with 2nd inst., in lat. 43o, lon. 11°, by the • Ann,' Cornhill, arrived at this port.
Honduras, 22nd Jan. Two vessels (one supposed to be the 'Mary Brade,' Jones, from Santa Martha to Laguna,) are reported to be on shore on the same reef; and from the positiou of the vessel, supposed to be the Mary Brade. It is expected that all on board have perished,
The following details, respecting the wreck of the EARL OF Moira, and the soul-affecting condition in which the crew must have found themselves, will be read with feelings of unmingled horror and sorrow. Such facts embody more than volumes :
“The wreck of the 'Earl of Moira,' of Whitby, which was fallen in' with on the 30th November, in lat. 45. long. 22. by the Sarah Hutton,' from Newfoundland, for London, was again fallen in with on the 19th January, by the Ranger,' in lat. 45. N., long. 21, 54. W., when four men were found dead in a sail, one of whom appeared to have very recently expired, and part of a fifth hung up like butcher's meat. It appears that this vessel, with loss of masts, rudder, and water-logged, has since been twice seen and boarded,-namely, on the 12th of Feb., in lat. 43. 45. N. and long. 13 5. W., by the ‘Carron,' Potter, arrived at Liverpool,—and on the 22nd of the same month, in lat. 42. 43. N., long. 10. 10. W., by the 'Perseverance,' Adams, arrived at Bristol. All of the parties who have witnessed it, express the horror which they felt at the dreadful sight.”
CAPT. ADAMS reports, that there were three or four men lying dead in the main-top, and one hanging above them cut in pieces. The poor sufferers had apparently been dead five or six weeks, and the remains of the body exposed were in a dreadful state of decomposition.
Captain Potter, under date Feb. 24th, 1939, says,—“On the 12th of February, in lat. 43. 45. N., and long. 13. 5. W., I fell in with the wreck of the brig 'Earl Moira,' of Whitby, timber-laden, and full of water, with only the mainmast standing. On nearing her, I saw some men in the top, and hailed, but received no answer. I immediately sent my boat to the wreck, and found five or seven men in and about the top, but they had all been dead some time. They appeared to have been living on one another, as part of a body was hanging to the after part of the top, quite naked, with the upper and lower parts quite gone, and a piece of an arm hanging to it! This was a dreadful sight, such as I hope never to see again.
We can conceive of nothing more appalling than such a scene. May we be permitted to urge on our readers, still more serious attention to these monthly records of disasters at sea. No heart can be unmoved with such thrilling details ;-they penetrate the very soul ; and if christians would but open their ears to the imploring cry of the perishing thousands of our seamen, we feel persuaded that no wonted effort would be put forth in their behalf. Oh! their cry is loud, and it is sorrowful : “ No man careth for our souls !" is a sound which rises on every billow, and is borne on every wind. From November 17th, 1838, to March 16th, 1839, no fewer than two THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN have perished in the deep!! How true is it that“ they walk over their graves, and sleep in their coffins !”
TO THE CUCKO 0.
[The authorship of the following beautiful lyric has been warmly disputed. It was claimed by
Logan, formerly a clergyman of the church of Scotland ; but there is strong evidence for believing that it is the production of the late Michael Bruce, the son of a Scottish peasant, and then a student in the University of Edinburgh, of whose mauuscripts Logan obtained possession. What Logan's reasons were for appropriating this piece to himself, it is difficult to conceive, unless it were to add to his then rising fame. But the decision we think must be given in favour of Bruce. And the poem deserves to rank among the first productions of the English language.---Ed.]
Starts thy curious voice to hear,
And imitates thy lay.
What time the pea puts on the bloom
Thou fliest thy vocal vale,
Another spring to hail.
Hail, beauteous stranger of the grove !
Thou messenger of Spring! Now heav'n repairs thy rural seat,
And woods thy welcome sing. Soon as the daisy decks the green,
Thy certain voice we hear,Hast thou a star to guide thy path,
Or mark the rolling year?
I hail the time of flowers,
From birds among the bowers.
Sweet bird! thy bower is ever green
Thy sky is ever clear;
No winter in thy year!
O could I fly, I'd fly with thee!
We'd make, with joyful wing,
Attendants on the spring.
The Cuckoo is a bird, that has given considerable scope to fabulous invention : its history and nature still remain in much obscurity. Where it resides in winter, or how it provides for its supply during that season, are yet unknown. It however discovers itself in our country, early in the spring, by its well-known call. Its note is heard earlier or later, as the season is more or less forward; and the weather more or less inviting. From the cheerful voice of this bird, the farmer has been instructed in the real advancement of the year,—the husbandman taught when to sow his most useful seeds, and do such work as depends on a certain temperature of the air.
Monthly Chronicle. We have abundant cause for gratitude to God, for that measure of success which has hitherto attended our operations, and for that degree of ready and liberal support with which we have been favoured from an enlightened and christian public. Heaven has indeed smiled on our efforts ; and we now anticipate the future in the confidence of faith, and the joy of hope.
In the meanwhile the Directors have the satisfaction of intimating to their numerous friends and supporters, that
THE SIXTH ANNIVERSARY MEETING
British and Foreign Sailors' Society
is fixed for MONDAY EVENING, MAY 6th, in FINSBURY CHAPEL, Finsbury Circus, when their noble and venerable President, LORD MOUNTSANDFORD, has kindly promised to take the chair. The business of the meeting will commence at six o'clock.
The Directors will feel obliged to the treasurers or secretaries of Auxiliary Societies, collectors, and other friends, if they will have the kindness to forward their accounts and lists, (addressed to the Secretary, 2, Jeffrey-square, St. Mary Axe,) on or before the 20th of April.
AGENTS' MEETING :-HELD ON FRIDAY EVENING, 8th MARCH.
Of this conference, suffice it to say, that it was one of great interest. The feeling excited and manifested, may be best expressed in the beautiful language of inspiration, -—" Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Thames Missionary.-Capt. Prenn. -With feelings of unfeigned gratitude to the God of all grace, for his mercy manifested towards me, amid mingled scenes and varied dispensations, I rejoice in being again permitted to bear my humble testimony to his faithfulness, and carry forward his work among sailors. I am more than ever convinced, that
God, by his recent judgments on the bosom of the deep,--and by a voice echoing from the watery tomb of hundreds, who have been lately called from time into eternity, (and many it is to be feared unprepared.) has very powerfully impressed the minds of many, who heretofore thought little about the salvation of their souls ;-of this there is satisfactory evidence. Though I have
preserved from death and shipwreck, during the late appalling storms, and the experience of others for whom the Lord hath wrought out some wonderful deliverances,—all has drawn forth the most lively gratitude to God, and impressed their minds with the obligations they are under, to love and serve the God of all their mercies. Two hundred and seventeen ships have been visited; six new Bethel ships obtained ; thirty-eight ships have been obtained for agents. Hundreds of sailors have been conversed with on things eternal, and thousands of tracts distributed. This, as the bread cast upon the waters, may be found to the glory of God, although after many days.
been called to mourn with those that mourn, and sympathize with, and console those, whose friends have been borne, by storm and tempest, into an eternal world: yet I have had my seasons of rejoicing, in meeting with the anxious enquiring sailor, or with those who truly possess the blessings of the gospel through faith in the atonement. Conversing with two young men on board the brig “Ocean,” and calling their attention to the Bethel meeting to be held that evening in the same tier, I found that at first they treated my message with apparent indifference; but afterwards one of them said,“ Sir, you must excuse our conduct this morning, I am afraid your mind was hurt, we shall be at the meeting.” They did attend ; and whilst I was speaking from those words, “What shall I do to be saved," I perceived they were under some strong emotion. At the close of the service, I spoke to them very pointedly; we offered up prayer for them, and they both joined very loudly in beseeching God to pardon their sins. They had been recently rescued from shipwreck. They were present at two other Bethel meetings, and gave some tokens of a change of heart. May the Lord keep them!
Amidst much weakness and infirmity of body, I have been enabled to hold ten Bethel services in the upper pool, and thirteen in the lower pool. Much solemnity and serious attention characterised these engagements, and I have been greatly aided by the prayers of many. The Spirit of God is working on the hearts of those who go down to the sea in ships. Three hundred and seventy persons have attended those different means of grace; whilst I have endeavoured, by divine aid, to bring before them the truths of the gospel.
Loan Libraries.-Five loan libraries have been furnished to ships going to Australia, Madras, Trieste, Monte Vi. deo, Newfoundland, and Sydney. Three have heen returned, with some very pleasing details of their usefulness. Four Bethel flags have been granted either to captains, or sent to some of the out-ports. Sixty-one volumes of religious books have been lent to sailors in the coal and coasting trade.
Sailors' Chapel.—The sabbath attendance at the Sailors' Chapel is encouraging. At times there are special tokens of good. Sometimes the care-worn, distressed, and shipwrecked sailor is found here on bended knees and uplifted hands, offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and while recording the goodness of God in their late miraculous deliverances, many could not refrain from tears. Such was the case when the pious captain of the ‘D-,' who, with his crew, (nine in number) after a most miraculous escape from shipwreck, came the day after their arrival, and in the
presence of the congregation openly, and by note delivered to the minister who was supplying, presented their offering before God. At a Bethel meeting on board ship, the sum of seventeen
Visitation of Shipping.-Much satisfaction has been derived from this part of my labours. The experience of those who have been most graciously