Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, volume 111 (1872), pages 93-120
[PORTIONS of these adventures have been from time to time published in newspapers and periodicals. Those which are authentic are all drawn from sources which must greatly resemble each other - viz., the ship's log or the officers' journals; and the facts must be the same in all. The narrative here given is from the MSS. of an officer well entitled to a hearing; and no part of it has been given at second-hand, or taken from any printed account. -ED.]
A SAILOR'S NARRATIVE OF THE LAST VOYAGE OF H.M.S. MEGAERA, AND OF THE PRESERVATION OF HER CREW ON THE ISLAND OF ST PAUL.
"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep."
THOUGH there be few living in England who have not heard of the stranding of H.M.S. Megaera in the year of grace 1871, yet the whole story of our peril, and of how great deliverance God vouchsafed to us, has never, I think, till now been written. It is worthy of a lofty strain and of an eloquent writer; but, for default of such, readers will perhaps accept the account which follows, told, as it is, with much plainness of speech. Listen then, ye landsmen and brother sailors, and you shall hear of hairbreadth escapes and stirring adventures, the like of which perils, though many may encounter, yet few live to relate.