by the laws of the sea, since he was wrecked and had received no wages he could not work.
The officers said that if he would not cook for them they would build no raft for him, whereupon he set about building a raft of his own. He soon decided, however, that he would resume the cooking.
A roughly constructed flat-bottomed boat was built, and Mr. Campbell
, the chief officer
, took a few men and started when the sea was smooth to inspect an island lying about ten miles distant. After nearly being driven out to sea by the changing wind the boat's crew succeeded in landing on the island, erected a pole bearing a distress signal, and stationed a lookout near it. One day they sighted a ship.
She approached, hove to, and lowered a boat, but to the astonishment of the shipwrecked party the boat after nearing them turned about and returned to the strange ship, which then filled away and disappeared to the south.
The men of the Living Age
did not discover until they were rescued later that the reason for this strange action was that the ship had struck a shoal in approaching them and punched a hole in her bottom, and that, fearing lest the five hundred Chinese
coolies on board whom she was carrying to California
would in terror at her leaking condition seize the ship if he sent part of his crew away to rescue the shipwrecked party, the ship's captain had decided to make all sail for Manila
for repairs and report the discovery of the crew of the Living Age
On the thirty-fifth day after the wreck, a Chinese sampan was sighted by the part of the ship's company which had remained on the Living Age
and in it were Mr. Campbell
and his men. The adventures of the crew were related, and on February 6 all hands left the Living Age
and set sail for Pratas Island where they made themselves as comfortable as possible.
“At last at dawn of February 25th,” adds Captain Hinckley
, “I espied on the horizon a column of black smoke; a whaler or steamer it seemed to be. We hoisted all our signals and launched a boat to intercept her. To our unspeakable relief the spars and smokestack of a steamer loomed up, and she shortly after came to anchor near the shore, lowering her largest boat, the officer of which on hearing my story directed our boat to go aboard, while he went ashore for the remainder.
The steamer was the Shanghai
) from Manila
, Captain Munroe
, and in a short time we all stood without effects on a friendly deck.”
Thence they proceeded to Hong Kong
For the rescue Captain Munroe
received from President Fillmore
a gold chronometer.
We have had an interesting interview with Captain Hinckley
, who though well nigh a nonagenarian, is still actively engaged in the insurance business in Boston