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In Their Own Words

January 17, 1736

Missionary Encountered Rough Seas

Missionary Benjamin Ingham kept a record of his voyage to colonial Georgia, including this frightening encounter with a tumultuous sea:

“The wind was very Strong; about half an hour after 10 at night, we encountered such a wave, as we did not meet with in all our passages besides: it shook the whole frame of Ship from Stem to Stern; the water sprung thro’ the Sides of the Ship which before were tight, and was also toss’d above the main Yard; falling down it cover’d the decks, broke into the great Cabin, fill’d Mrs. Welshe’s Bed; Mr. Oglethorpe was gone to Bed, but he got up and resign’d his own dry Cabin to the Sick, betaking himself once more to his Hammock. Hitherto we had had a very fine passage, but now approaching near Land, we met with contrary winds, which kept us above a Fortnight longer at Sea than otherwise we should have been.”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 173.