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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
280                   CHURCH REVIEW.

  On one of the voyages, returning to Panama, we called at one
of the Apero Islands, in the Pacific Ocean. Here something
very singular took place.  A sailor, who had been cast away on
the island for more than a year-the rest of his ship's crew all
perished)--was brought on board our ship.  The next day, after
leaving the island, we were caught in a very heavy storm, and
this man was washed overboard. Every attempt  that was
made by our officers to save the poor fellow failed, and he was
lost  On the same voyage, we lost a stoker, who was supposed
to have fallen overboard off one of the hen-coops.  This may
read like one of the many sea fables, but it actually took place
on board my ship, the S. S. "Matura," on her voyage from
Panama to New Zealand, either September or October, 1866.
 In the early part of 1867, the company having failed, the
ships were sold, some returning to England.  Those of the crew
who wished to stay by the ship were paid off in England.
When the news reached me, I at once made up my mind, to stay
a few years in the Australian colonies, and so took my discharge
in Sydney.  I have not seen Captain Benson or any of his
family since that time.
 I was now 19 years of age, and thought it time to look about
and do something more profitable, never forgetting home, and
my dear mother, and brothers and sisters. I was in Sydney
about two months, when I saw this advertisement in one of the
morning papers, "Steward wanted, for S. S. 'Eagle;' certificate
for good conduct and ability required.  Call at the Australian
Club. Captain Cadell." Now, I had, and still have, one of the
finest certificates a man could possibly have for good conduct
and honesty, which I received on being paid off from the "Ma-
turn"  Though having such a certificate, yet I had nothing to
assist me in getting employment as a steward. So I made up
my mind to call and see Mr. Hall, the American Consul for
Sydney.  This gentleman had been a passenger on board the
"Matura," from Panama to Sydney, on one of our voyages. I
asked him to give me some assistance, or recommendation to
Captain Cadell. He said he would be at the Club himself and
see Captain Cadell. I knew there was no time to be lost, so I
hastened down to the Club. When I arrived, there was a great
number of smart-looking men (all white), some with great bun-
dles of certificates, all waiting to see the captain.  On  my
putting in an appearance, and after it was found out that I
was after the job, I was greatly laughed at. I then learned
that the S. S. "Eagle" was a government gunboat, and was
being fitted up for an exploring expedition.  My heart fell; but,
as I had seen Mr. Hall, I thought I would wait for an answer
from  him.  While we were all standing around and a great
 dead talk war going on, a carriage drove up and some one
said "that is Captain Cadell."  Hands were at once put into
pockets for certificates, etc., and names began to be sent in.
Now, this was the first time I had to face anything of this kind.
How much I wished my old friends, Mr. Wynne, Mr. 


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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