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

all hands being in high spirits, we flew through the Arafura
  Early in December, we experienced a very heavy storm.  It
was almost feared that the good ship would not stand it, con-
sidering the hard times she had alreadly passed through; but
we arrived at Vessel Island, in Torres Strait, safely.  At this
island, all vessels passing through the strait are expected to
leave some provisions for poor ship-wrecked mariners, it being
considered a very dangerous part of the world There is a
post-office there, but no one lives there. After leaving some
provisions and newspapers which we received at Timor, we
again started homewards. But a new trouble was in store for
us.  The next day, it was discovered that our boiler had
bursted, in the same place that it had bursted a month or two
before, but had done no injury to anyone; so we had to move
for the Lizard Island, and after repairs were completed,
started on our way.
 On Christmas morning, the lookout called out, "reef ahead!"
but before they could get the ship's head around, she struck;
so you may imagine what a Christmas we had; but we were not
to be lost, and she was gotten off after a great deal of hard
work. But the ship, from this time, began to take a great
amount of water, the pumps being at work both night and day.
  The latter part of December, we arrived at Cleveland Bay, and
all hands were grateful to Providence for the deliverance from
perils andl dangers of shipwreck and starvation. At the end of
nine months, we arrived at a civilized part of the world.  I well
remember on January 1st, 1868, while laying at Cleveland Bay,
all hands seemed to thank God for our deliverance from a ter-
rible shipwreck on Christmas Day. For my part, no one could
have been more grateful than I. Many times during the expe-
dition, I thought I would never return to a civilized country.
On this New Year's Day, a clergyman came on board and we
had Divine Service
 We left Cleveland Bay on the 2d, for Port Denison. Here we
met H. M. S. "Virago," on her way to Cape York, in search of
any remains of shipwrecks that may have taken place during
the terrible gale of which I have spoken, and of over-due ships,
which may have been passing through the notorious Torres
Strait, via Cape York.
  After a few days at Port Denison, we left for Brisbane. We
left Brisbane about the middle of January, with our course di
rected for Sydney. We arrived at Sydney Heads, or the en-
trance of the harbor, on the 21st of January. This is a day I
shall never forget  Outside the Heads there was a number of
men-of-war, yachts and boats, all flying gay buntings and cheer-
ing us as we passed them. They knew our ship by the signal
our mainmast,and by the large government flag at our peak,
and I also knew they expected us, as our captain had tele-
graphed our expected arrival from Brisbane. But, to my great
surprise on arriving in habor or joining the other gun-boats,


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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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