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sons of Ephraim were dead, Ephraim their father mourned many days
, and his brethren came to comfort him.” This our mourning Ephraim could not have any comfort from his friends on shoar, when his two sons were thus dead; but they died after so holy and hopeful a manuer, that their father was not without his consolations. However, their straits and fears were now increased, as their hands diminished; and another of the company soon after died like the former. Half the company was now gone; and Mr. Howe, though in a very weak state of health, now stands at the helm twenty four hours and thirty six hours at a time, with the rude waves flying over the vessel at such a rate, that if he had not been lashed fast, he must have been washed over-board. In this extremity be was at a loss whether he should persist in striving for the New-England shore, or bear away for the southern islands; and proposing the matter to one Mr. Augur, (who, with a boy, was all that were left for his help,) they first sought unto God by earnest prayer in this difficult case, and then determined the difficulty by casting a lot. The lot fell for New-England, and 'ere a month was expired, they lost the rudder of their vessel, with which they lost all hope of being saved. In this deplorable condition they continued a fortnight; and thus, for six weeks together, Mr. Howe, though laboring under much infirmity, was hardly ever dry: nor had they in all this while the benefit of warm food more than thrice, or thereabouts. When the seventh week dawned upon them, the vessel was driven on the tailings of a ledge of rocks, where the sea broke with no little violence; and, looking out, they spied a dismal, doleful rocky island unto the lee-ward; upon which, if the providence of God had not by the breakers given 'em timely notice, they had been dashed in pieces. T'ois extremity was Heaven's opportunity! They immediately let go an anchor, and got out the boat, and God made that storm a calm; so that the waves were still. Being under the astonishments of the circumstances now upon them, they took little out of the vessel; but when they came a shoar, they found themselves upon a desolate island (near Cape Sables) which had not either man or beast upon it; and a prospect of being therefore starved quickly to death now stared upon them. While they were under this deadly prospect, a storm arose that staved their vessel to pieces, from whence a cask of powder was brought a shoar, a barrel of wine, and half a barrel of mollossa's, together with several other things, which assisted them in making a sort of a tent for their preservation from the terrible cold. However, new and sore distresses now attended them: for tho' they had powder, with other necessaries for fowling, there were seldom any fouls to be seen upon this forlorn island, except a few gulls, crows and ravens; and these were so few, that there could be rarely more than one shot at a time. Oftentimes half a one of these fowls, with the liquor, made a meal for three: once they lived five days without any sustenance at all; during all which space, they did not feel themselves pinched with hunger
other times, which they esteemed a special favour of Heaven unto them. When they had been twelve weeks in this lonesome condition, Mr. Howe's dear friend Mr. Augur died; and the lad also died in the April following: so that his lonesomeness was now become as much as any hermit could have wished for. For a long and a sad quarter of a year together now, he saw fishing vessels ever now and then sailing by; but tho' he used all possible means to acquaint them with his distresses, either they saw him not, or they feared lest some of the Indians then in hostility against the English might be quartered there.
The good man, while thus deserted, kept many days in prayer, with fasting, wherein he confessed and bewailed the many sins which had rendered him worthy of these calamities, and cried unto God for his deliverance. But at last it came into his mind that he ought very solemnly to give thanks unto God for the marvellous preservations which he had hitherto experienced; and accordingly he set apart a day for solemn thanksgiving unto God, his gracious preserver, for the divine favours which had been intermixed with all his troubles. IMMEDIATELY after this a vessel belonging to Salem did pass by that island; and seeing this poor servant of God there, they took him in. So he arrived at Salem, July 8, 1677, and returned unto his family at Newhaven.
II. A MAN STRANGELY PRESERVED ON THE KEEL OF A BOAT AT SEA.A ship's long-boat, having five men in her, was by a violent gust of wind over-set. The men all got upon the keel, upon which, being driven to sea, they were four days floating there. In this time three of them droped off, and perished in the deep; on the fifth day, the fourth man, being sorely pained with hunger, and sadly bruised with the boisterous and furious waves, willfully fell off into the sea, and was drowned after the rest of his companions. Quickly after this, the wind coming up at south east, carried the boat with the fifth man into Long-Island, where, being scarce able to creep a shoar, the Indians found him, cherished him, and preserved him. With fusting, and watching and cold, he must, according to reason, in this time have perished; but he constantly affirmed, that he saw certain persons come and put mcat into his mouth when he was ready to perish for want of sustenance.
III. THE WONDERFUL STORY OF MAJOR GIBBONS.-Among remarka. ble sea-deliverances, no less than three several writers have published that wherein Major Edward Gibbons of Boston in New-England was concerned. A vessel bouud from Boston to some other parts of America was, through the continuance of contrary winds, kept so long at sea, that the people aboard were in extream straits for want of provisions; and seeing that nothing here below could afford them any relief, they look'd upwards unto Heaven in humble and fervent supplications. The winds continuing still as they were, one of the company made a sorrowful nivtion
that they should by a lot single out one to die, and by death to satisfie the ravenous hunger of the rest. After many a doleful and fearful debat upon this motion, they come to a result, that it must be done! The lot i cast; one of the company is taken; but where is the executioner tha shall do the terrible office upon a poor innocent? It is a death now to think who shall act this bloody part in the tragedy; but before they fal upon this involuntary and unnatural execution, they once more wen unto their zealous prayers; and, behold! while they were calling upoi God, he answer'd them: for there leaped a mighty fish into their boat which, to their double joy, not only quieted their outrageous hunger, bu also gave them some token of a further deliverance. However, the fis. is quickly eaten; the horrible famine returns, the horrible distress i renew'd; a black despair again seizes their spirits; for another more they come to a second lot, which fell upon another person; but still the cannot find an executioner: they once again fall to their importunat prayers:
: and behold, a second answer from above! A great bird light and fixes itself upon the mast: one of the men spies it; and there it stand until he took it by the wing with his hand. This was a second life fret the dead. This fowl, with the omen of a further deliverance in it, was sweet feast unto them. Still their disappointments follow them; they ca see no land, they know not where they are; irresistible hunger once mot pinches them; they have no hope to be saved, but by a third miracle they return to another lot; but before they go to the heart-breaking tas of slaying the person under designation, they repeat their addresses unt the God of heaven, their former "friend in adversity." And now the look, and look again, but there is nothing: their devotions are conclude and nothing appears: yet they hoped, yet they stayed, yet they lingere At last one of 'em spies a ship, which put a new hope and life into 'er all. They bear up with their ship, they man their long-boat, they begt board their vessel, and are admitted. It proves a French pirate. Maje Gibbons petitions for a little bread, and offers all for it; but the con mander was one who had formerly received considerable kindnesses Major Gibbons at Boston, and now replied chearfully, “Major Gibbon not a hair of you or your company shall perish, if it lies in my power i preserve you." Accordingly he supplied their necessities, and they mad a comfortable end of their voyage.
IV. TWELVE MEN LIVING FIVE WEEKS FOR FIVE HUNDRED LEAGUI IN A LITTLE BOAT.—A small vessel, whose master's name was Phili Hungare, coming upon the coast of New-England, suddenly sprang a lea and founder'd. Eighteen persons were in the vessel, whereof twelve g into the long-boat, into which they threw some little matter of provision but of that necessary thing fire, they were wholly unprovided. The twelve men went five hundred leagues in this poor long-boat, and we
therein miraculously preserved five weeks together; for the God of heaven sent them a strange relief, by causing some flying fish to fly and fall among them, which being eaten raw, were a pleasant food unto them; and once, when they must otherwise have perish'd for thirst, they caught a shark, whose blood being suck'd by them, was as "cool waters to their thirsty souls;" but that which was more so was their safe arrival then at the West Indies.
V. SOME SHIPWRACK'D FOLKS HAPPILY RESCUED.-Mr. John Grafton being bound from New England for the West-Indies in a ketch call'd the Providence, the vessel suddenly struck upon a rock, in a dark, rainy, Etormy night; and the force of the wind and the sea broke the vessel immediately to pieces. Six of the ten men, whereof the company did consist, were drown'd; but the master and the mate we left upon the rock, where the sea came up unto their waste, and there they embrac'd each other, looking for death every moment; which, if the sea had risen higher, must have been unavoidable. By the rock was one of the seamen grievously Founded, and groaning: But in the morning they saw an island about half a mile from them. The rocks were so cragged, that these persons, who were bare-footed, were not able to tread thereupon; but they found a piece of tarpoling, which they wrapp'd and fastned about their feet with zope-varns; and so getting each of them a stick, they sometimes walk'd, and sometimes they crept, until at last they came unto the island, where they found another of their crew, carried ashore by a piece of the vessel. Light days they continu'd on the island, and four of them without any fire. Salt-fish was their food, and rain-water found in the holes of the icks their drink. They then found a piece of touchwood which had been in the mate's chest; and a flint, with a knife, being in like manner trought 'em, they struck fire; and a barrel of their flower being also cast zhore, they made cakes thereof. But there must be no long stay made spon this desolate island. Wherefore, finding a piece of the main-sail, and syne hoops of a cask, and a fragment of a board, with some nails, and a ox wherein was a bolt-rope needle and a tarr-barrel, with which they tari'd their canvas, out of these wretched materials they patch'd up a pitiful, unlikely, dangerous tool, which they call’d a boat; and meeting with some thin boards which came out of the cabin, of these they made their paddles. In this odd vehicle they made a voyage of ten leagues, pren until they came to Anguilla, where the people entertained them with urtesie and wonderment.
VI. SORE CALAMITES AT SEA SURVIVED.— A small vessel set sail from Bristol to New-England, September 22, 1681, with the master, whose fame was William Dutten; there were seven men aboard, having provizions for three months; but by contrary winds they were twenty weeks
before they could make any land; and by other disasters and distresses it was rendred very unlikely that ever they should make any land at all The fierce winds upon the coasts of New-England made them conclude on December 12, that they would bear away for Barbadoes; but befor this they lost one barrel of their beer, by the head being broken out; an having but seven barrels of water, three of them leak'd away. When thei victuals fail'd them, the “merciful God whose is the sea, for he made it, sent them a supply, by causing dolphins every now and then to come s near their vessel as to be catch'd; yet it was observable that they coul never catch
any but in an extream necessity; nor any more than woul serve their present necessity. But their misery, thro' the want of wate was very sore upon them: For tho' they tried much to take the rain wate when any fell, the winds were usually so furious, that they could say little, if any of it. However, when they came near the latitude of Be mudaz, they did, unto their great joy, save two barrels of rain water; bi then, the rats unexpectedly eating holes in the barrels, all that water w lost again. Once, when a shower of rain fell, they sav'd a pint; whid tho it were made
very bitter by the tar, yet it was a "sweet water unt their thirsty souls;” and they divided it among seven, drinking a thimbl full at a time, which went five times about. On January 27, a goc shower of rain fell; and, that they might preserve it, they laid their li nens open to the rain; and wringing them dry, they obtain'd seven gallo of water, which, being bottl'd up, was a great and a long refreshment on them. New straits then came upon them. They catch'd, with much ad three or four of the rats, that had cheated them of their drink, and mat of 'em a meat, which to their famished souls did seem very delicate. B the torment of their drought grew insupportable; for sometimes they bi not a drop of any fresh water for a whole week together. When th killed a dolphin, they would suck his blood for the relief of their thin yea, their thirst caused them to drink large quantities of salt water, whi yet they found allayed it not. They would go over board with a ro fastned about them, that by drenching themselves a while in the sea, th might ease the internal heat which parched them; and when they sto any of them to steer the vessel, they would have their feet in a pail of water to refrigerate 'em. In this calamity some of the seamen peniten confessed, “how just it was with God thus to punish them, who had temperately abused themselves with drink, so often in their former a versation.” But at length, on February 7, they met with a Guinea-mi who supplied 'em with necessaries, and so they got safe in unto Bar does, from whence they afterwards made their voyage to New-Englai
VII. SEASONABLE SUCCOURS.—A ship of Dublin, whereof Andr Bennet was master, being bound from thence unto Virginia, and got as as the latitude of thirty-nine, about an hundred and fifty leagues fr