A narrative of the loss of the Kent East Indiaman, by fire, in the bay of Biscay, on the 1st March, 1825, a letter, by a passenger [signed Servatus.].

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الصفحة 36 - hath * no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it : for the glory of God " doth * lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
الصفحة 13 - The dignified deportment of two young ladies, in particular, formed a specimen of natural strength of mind, finely modified by christian feeling, that failed not to attract the notice and admiration of every one who had an opportunity of witnessing it. On the melancholy announcement being made to them, that all hope must be relinquished, and that death was rapidly and inevitably approaching, one of the ladies above referred to, calmly sinking down on her knees, and clasping her hands together, said,...
الصفحة 14 - To some of the older children, who seemed fully alive to the reality of the danger, I whispered, Now is the time to put in practice the instructions you used to receive at the Regimental School, and to think of that Saviour of whom you have heard so much : they replied, as the tears ran down their cheeks, ' O, sir, we are trying to remember them ; and we are praying to God.
الصفحة 12 - Several of the soldiers' wives and children, who had fled for temporary shelter into the after-cabins on the upper deck, were engaged in prayer and in reading the Scriptures with the ladies, some of whom were enabled, with wonderful self-possession, to offer to others those spiritual consolations, which a firm and intelligent trust in the Redeemer of the world appeared at this awful hour to impart to their own breasts. The dignified deportment of two young ladies in particular, formed a specimen...
الصفحة 20 - Arrangements having been considerately made by Captain Cobb for placing in the first boat, previous to letting it down, all the ladies, and as many of the soldiers...
الصفحة 46 - ... him, who seemed struck dumb and powerless with dismay. But finding all his entreaties fruitless, and hearing the guns, whose tackle was burst asunder by the advancing flames, successively exploding in the hold into which they had fallen, this gallant officer, after having nobly pursued, for the preservation of others, a course of exertion that has been rarely equalled either in its duration or difficulty, at last felt it right to provide for his own safety, by laying hold on the...
الصفحة 45 - Fearon had not been so fortunate : for after swinging for some time, and being repeatedly struck against the side of the boat, and at one time drawn completely under it ; he was at last so utterly exhausted, that he must instantly have let go his hold of the rope and perished, had not...
الصفحة 9 - ... we ventured to cherish hopes that it might be subdued ; but no sooner was the light blue vapour that at first arose succeeded by volumes of thick dingy smoke, which speedily ascending through all the four hatchways, rolled over every part of the ship, than all farther concealment became impossible, and almost all hope of preserving the vessel was abandoned. " The flames have reached the cable tier...
الصفحة 27 - ... of his duty to the former. His wife was accordingly saved, but his four children, alas ! were left to perish. A fine fellow, a soldier, who had neither wife nor child of his own, but who evinced the greatest solicitude for the safety of those of others, insisted on having three children lashed to him, with whom he plunged into the water ; not being able to reach the boat, he was again drawn into the ship with his charge, but not before two of the children had expired.
الصفحة 31 - The gradual removal of the officers was at the same time commenced, and was marked by a discipline the most rigid, and an intrepidity the most exemplary: none appearing to be influenced by a vain and ostentatious bravery, which, in cases of extreme peril, affords rather a presumptive proof of secret timidity than of fortitude; nor any betraying an unmanly or unsoldierlike impatience to quit the ship; but with the becoming deportment of men neither paralysed by, nor profanely insensible to, the accumulating...

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