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“ The discoveries of the great English circumnavigator were owing to a peculiarly marked shilling.
“Young Cook was a native of Yorkshire, and served as apprentice to a merchant and shopkeeper in a large fish. ing town in that county. Some money had been missed from the till, and to detect the delinquent, a very curiously marked shilling was mixed with the silver, which was accurately counted. On examining the till shortly after, this peculiar shilling was missing, and Cook was taxed with having taken it out; this he instantly acknowledged, stating that its particular look had caught his eye, but affirmed, at the same time, that he had put another of his own in its place. The money was accordingly counted over again, and found to agree exactly with his statement. Although the family was highly respectable, and therefore capable of advancing him in his future prospects, and also much attached to him, and very kind, yet the high spirit of the boy could not brook remaining in a situation where he had been suspected; he therefore ran away, and having no other resource, entered as a cabin-boy in a collier.”
BRITISH AND FOREIGN TRADE AND
MR. Editor, -Although the following notes of foreign trade and navigation are not of any essential importance to your grand object, the spiritual benefit of seamen, I conceive they will interest many readers of the Pilot. Accept, therefore, with my best wishes for your success, these, my humble gleanings. PHILO MARINUS.
TRADE WITH SPAIN.-In 1834, 97 vessels (tonnage 14,859) entered the port of Carthagena; of which 10 (tonnage 748) from England, and 66 (tonnage 9,131) from France. 82 (tonnage 13,745) sailed from that port; 4 (tonnage 520) bound to England, and 60 (tonnage 9,322) to France. The total amount of importations was 1,561,400fr. ; 394,100fr. from England, and 344,500fr. from France. The exportations amounted to 260,000fr.; 45,500fr. to England, and 131,100 fr. to France.
Trade with EGYPT.-In 1833, 1,111 vessels (tonnage 165,591) entered the port of Alexandria ; of which 41 (tonnage 7,735) from England, and 65 (tonnage 16,675) from France. 946 vessels (tonnage 146,754) sailed from that port; 7 of these (tonnage 1,542) bound to England, and 34 (tonnage 7,393) bound to France. The total value of goods imported during that year was 36,145,500fr. ; 4,688,600fr. from England and Malta, and 3,465,400fr. from France. The goods exported amounted to 37,915,600f.; 3,247,700fr. to England and Malta, and 8,361,700fr. to France.
NaviGATION OF HOLLAND.-During the year 1834, 5,647 vessels entered the different ports of that country: Of these 5,319 (tonnage 626,457) were laden with merchandize, and 328 (tonnage 25,592) with ballast. The total number which sailed was 5,732; 3,227 (tonnage 406,253) with goods, and 2,505 (tonnage 266,515) with ballast.
NOBLE DARING OF A BRITISH OFFICER..
We feel much pleasure in recording the following noble action of a British officer :-On the 12th of September, at dusk, when the Thunderer was cruising in the Mediterranean, under treble-reefed main and close- reefed fore and mizen topsails, with a heavy sea running, a man fell from the main-yard into the water. Lieutenant Banbury, of that ship, son of Sir H. Banbury, Bart. although he has lost his right arm, immediately went overboard after him, and succeeded in saving the man.
ONE HUNDRED AND TWO SHIPS OF WAR
IN THE MEDITERRANEAN.
MR. EDITOR,- Reading and reflecting on the inspiring predictions of the holy prophet Isaiah, I was delighted in observing how he refers to the “ abundance of the sea," and its being brought into the church, to contribute to the universal happiness of the nations. I have been more particularly led to refer to the sixtieth chapter, by meeting with the following little notice of no less than ONE HUNDRED AND TWO men of war now stationed in the Mediter
A record of this naval force seems worthy of a place in the Pilot for future reference, and I send it for this purpose ; at the same time wishing they were converted into BethELS.
P. “There are stationed at present in the Mediterranean17 English men of war, 9 French, 12 Russian, 4 Austrian, 22 Egyptian, 28 Turkish, and 10 Sardinian."
LIBRARY OF A LINE OF BATTLE SHIP.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE PILOT.
Sir,—I felt extremely gratified by your giving, in your November Pilot, a list of books in one of your
“ Loan Ship Libraries.” I think the selection of such excellent books does honour to the sound judgment and enlarged liberality and piety of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society. I could not but contrast one of your Loan Ship Libraries with the library furnished to the line of battle ships in his Majesty's service. The following is a correct list, which "I happen to have by me; and I should think your giving it a place in your useful and entertaining Pilot, will be gratifying to many of your readers, the friends of sailors. I cannot but say that I wish the list of books and tracts were revised by your Society, and that a library worthy of a British line of battle ship were furnished under the direction of your Committee.
£ 40 Common Prayer Books, ls. 2d. each
2 1 8 12 Great Importance of a Religious Life, ls. 1d. 0 13 0 6 Bp. Wilson's Knowledge and Practice of Christianity Made Easy, ls. 6d.
0 11 2 Bp. Watson's Apology for the Bible, ls. 6d.... 0 3 4 Nelson's Life, abridged from Southey, 2s. 2d. O 8 8 48 Directions for Decent Behaviour in Public
Worship 48 Jesus Christ a Pattern of Religion and
Virtue.... 48 Bp. Gibson's Advice to Persons recovered 2 14 0
from Sickness..... 48 Stonehouse's Admonitions against Drunk
48 Woodward's Kind Cautions to Profane
£ s. d. 24 Rev. B. Woodd's Elementary Questions
on the Church Catechism 24 National Society's School Book
1 6 0 24 Trimmer's Charity School Spelling Book,
with Stories of Good and Bad Boys-one
syllable 24 Asheton on Death Bed Repentance... 24 Christian Monitor.......
1 18 0 24 Old Chaplain's Farewell Letter to Seamen 24 National School Society's Book, No. I, 2d. 0 4 0 Library box....
0 8 0
£10 7 4
Smaller vessels in the Royal Navy have half the number of the above books and tracts.
LOSS OF THE SHIP ENCHANTRESS.
SHIPWRECKS are lamentably so frequently reported, that many seem to read of them with total unconcern. No feeling mind, however, can contemplate the loss of
many lives under circumstances so distressing as those connected with some detailed in the Pilot, without the most awakening conviction of the propriety of operations like those of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, that seamen, exposed so fearfully to dangers and death, may be prepared for their fate, through faith in Jesus Christ ! While it would be impossible to give a record of all these calamities, it would be culpable not to notice such as the “ Loss of THE ENCHANTRESS.” This vessel was bound for Van Dieman's Land.
" At about ten o'clock on Friday night, July 17th, the vessel was proceeding up d'Entrecasteaux's Channel, with a foul wind. Captain Roxburgh had just gone from the deck to his cabin, and was in the act of looking at his chart, the chief officer being on deck, when the man who was at the head of the vessel called out that they were close on the land. The captain went immediately on deck, but before he had reached it the vessel struck upon a rock, in such a manner as rendered it altogether impossible to save any thing except the captain's chronometer, sextant,
and the small box containing the manifest. He immediately ordered the gig and the jolly-boat to be hoisted out, and the
passengers assisted each other into them; the sailors were at the same time clearing away the long-boat to save their own lives. The captain and chief officer, after seeing the passengers in the boats, with the steward and three boys, one got into each boat, and made their way from the vessel. Mr. Anstey, one of the passengers, being on the wreck after the boats had left it, jumped into the water, and was picked up by one of the boats. When they left, the long boat, they believed, was clear, and they expected that when the vessel went down she would have swam the sailors; whether it was so or not appears unknown, as they had not been seen since, and the vessel went down immediately the boats had left her. The two boats proceeded rowing about till next morning ; they made several attempts to land, but were unable to do so. They got the next morning to Partridge Island, where they landed at seven o'clock, and remained there during the day. Towards morning they saw a sloop on the other side of the water ; they immediately dispatched one of the boats to her, which returning with provisions to the island, brought the intelligence that she would come to them as soon as she could make the island, the wind being contrary. The sloop Friends made the island during Saturday night, and about six o'clock on Sunday morning the passengers embarked on board her, and proceeded to Hobart Town. Captain Roxburgh, with Mr. Bogle and the boys, proceeded in the gig, and arrived at Hobart Town about nine on Sunday evening, and about eleven the Governor Arthur steamer was dispatched to meet her, and fell in with the Friends between seven and eight on Monday morning, and brought her safe to Hobart Town. From the first moment of striking, not many minutes elapsed ere this vessel was a total wreck, and not a vestige of her to
The boats during the night were several times near swamping, had it not been for one of the females who sat in the stern of one of them having a shawl in her arms spread out, that received a tremendous surf, which had it come into the boat must have sunk her, and all would have been lost. All of them during Friday night and all day on Sunday were without any refreshment except a few muscles, which they cooked in a tureen one of the passengers had saved. Fortunately there was plenty of excellent water on the island. The cargo of the