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colours of the rainbow, with the national device, and the dove, of blue; and, instead of the word temperance at full length, which might load the flag rather too much, let a large letter T be placed in blue under the rainbow.
THE NEW BETHEL FLAG !
In consequence of the number of pious captains increasing, Bethel flags are constantly on demand. I have recently had the honour of presenting two in the name of the Society, and dedicating them to the Bethel service. The first was Capt. C-, of the R-, a young man whom early sabbath school impressions had pursued through all the wanderings of a seafaring life. Being lately bereaved of a pious and youthful partner, he has been led to decide for the truth-take up the cross, and follow the Saviour. His piety and abilities for usefulness, for a person of his years and calling, are truly a wonder to many: May he live to be a blessing to thousands of his brethren of the deep !
On the 6th inst., this interesting service was held on board the Cadmus, in Mill-hole. After the flag had waved, for the first time, at the mast-head in the day, it was suspended across the large cabin, during meeting in the evening ;-nineteen captains and sailors present. After singing and prayer, an address was given from Gen. xxviii. 19, And he called the name of the place, Bethel.” On this occasion was explained the origin of, and the emblems in the Bethel flag, and its progress till the present; but especially as it signifies the house of God, and the preciousness of the gospel for sinners. We earnestly implored the divine blessing on every service that should be held under the flag, and on him to whom it was entrusted-who was then present, and much affected with the solemn charge. The second was Capt. Z-- of the W-, and owner, having a steady and growing concern for the condition of his brethren, and whose successful efforts in the cause, at home and abroad, fully entiile him to be a Bethel captain, though only one year in the ranks. A similar service to the above, was held on board the Favourite, Ratcliffe Cross tier. Address from Genesis xxxv. 15, “ And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake unto him, Bethel.” Dwelt on divine condescension ; speaks with man by his word --his Spirit--his Son; and in the present day to sailors — “ Rise and follow me!” May they hear his voice! Three captains followed with short addresses from the fulness of their hearts, expressing their purpose of devoting themselves more fully to the great work. Capt. A— of the R-, Capt. Z- of the W-, and Capt. T— of the 1-, etc., engaged in prayer for the success of this flag, and the spread of the cause in general. Thus were dedicated these two new Bethel fags. Both captains sailed on the following morning, and will visit many ports, at home and abroad, ere they return to London. May they be remembered by the people of God!
TABLE OF WRECKS IN WHICH THE CREWS HAVE ALL PERISHED.
From Lloyd's List and the Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, from Ilth of Dec. to oth January.
Name of Ship.
Places of Trading.
Blake Tralee to Liverpool Galway
unknown Portug. Cove to Carbon. Maiden Island Prince Regent Lewis Llanelly to Milford Carmarthen Edm. Wodehouse Bayfield Yarmouth to Genoa Freos Island (1 saved) Sarah and Jane Oliver Maryport to Dumfries Salterness Emma De Garis unknown Guernsey to St. Ubes San Pedro (4 saved Zabit Captan do. Trebizond
E. of Batoom (2 saved) Jane Clarke Troon to Dublin
Beckman Stockholm to Lisbon Scroby (1 saved)
Exhibiting a wreck of FOURTEEN SHIPS, and probable loss of ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY LIVES !
Deal, January 3rd. A vessel, name unknown, was lost on the Goodwin Sand; and, it is feared, all hands perished, as scarcely a vestige of the wreck is to be
Falmouth, January 3rd. A schooner went down off Mousehall, Lizard, and all hands lost.
Stranraer, January 3rd. The brig, Jean Gordon, Simpson, of and for Ayr, in ballast, from Cork, was totally lost, this morning, with four of her crew-the master, one man, and one boy being saved ; the master had his leg broken on getting on shore. She struck at the back of the north breakwater, at Portpatrick Harbour, and instantly went to pieces.
Aberystwith, January 4th. A vessel, schooner-rigged, laden with fish and oil, has driven on the rocks; the captain, and his wife and child, are the only persons saved.
Strangford, January 6th. During vy snow squ a clipper schooner, supposed about 150 tons, all good white canvass, upset about two miles off this bar. Capt. Jones, of the Ann Jones, of Aberystwith, missed her after the squall was over, and observed her, about a quarter of a mile to leeward, bottom up: sent his pilot boat to see if he could rescue any of the crew from a watery grave; but alas, they were too late, and from what we understand from them, greatly fear she is the schooner Aurora, Martin Welch, of Wexford.
Perth, February 1st. A large vessel, from Dundee for Perth, was lost at the mouth of the river this morning.
Hartlepool, January 12th. A sloop was seen from the port running for the Tees about 11 A, M., was struck by a heavy sea, and was seen to go down, with all hands on board.
Emsworth, January 6th. It appears from the statement of Capt. Stroud, of the schooner Boyne, that about dusk on Saturday evening, the Alert and Boyne, brought up off Chichester harbour to come in the next morning, but about two o'clock on Sunday morning it came on to blow very hard, and both got underweigh to go under the Isle of Wight, the gale increasing to a dreadful hurricane, until seven o'clock, accompanied with lightning and hail, when the brig Alert, Beale, of Chichester, was seen no more, and all hands must have met with a watery grave, together with two pilots, one of whom was a son of the captainin all, nine persons.
Constantinople, Dec. 8th. We had a dreadful gale here, on the 1st. instant. Among the losses are the barque Emma, Hudson, loaded at Odessa, with linseed and tallow; captain and all hands perished.
The schooner Robert Symons, of Plymouth, loaded at Odessa with tallow; captain and three men saved,---four lost.
The Russian commercial steamer, Neva, or Emperor Nicholas, Rogers, from Odessa, with passengers and cargo ; thirteen of the crew, and six passengers lost. The captain, first engineer, and four of the crew, with four male and two female passengers, saved.
The Austrian commercial steamer, Seri Pervis, left Constantinople, just before the gale set in, with 525 Turkish soldiers, for Beyrout; she drifted out of her course, and was wrecked near the Gulf of Mandania ; two soldiers were washed off the deck, six or eight frozen to death, and all the rest, including several Austrian officers, going to join the army in Syria, with the crew, saved.
Several ships were lost in the Bosphorus.
The Crescent steamer, on her passage from Trebisond, was struck by a sea, which carried twelve deck passengers
overboard. The Turkish steamer, Zibaishi Zidgeiret, from Trebisond, had three passengers carried overboard, and seven frozen to death.
TABLE OF ACCIDENTS!
Damaged. Wrecked. Stranded. Foundered. Abandoned. Sunk. Condemned. Nt. heard of. Total.
And if we allow, that for every ten of these casualties only ONE perished, this will give a melancholy addition of EIGHTY to the preceding number.
Where grief may find a balm,
And weariness a rest ?
THE STORM STILLED. ( The following beautiful hymn, from the pen of Rev. Dr. COLLYER, was sang at Hanover Chapel,
Peckham, after a Sermon which he preached on Sabbath evening, January 31st., on behalf of the Camberwell and Walworth Auxiliary to the British and Foreign Sailors' Society.}
“ Master ! Carest thou not that we perish P"-Mark iv. 38.
The rain came down, the wind was loud;
The sails were torn; the groaning mast
To Him they fled in that dark hour,
He rose !-a moment silent stood,
'Twas nature's God; and nature heard,
And still He rules the boisterous waves,
Reason and doubt may end their strife,