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In Their Own Words

March 30, 1736

Impressive Thunderstorm Encountered in Boat

Benjamin Ingham, who had come to Georgia on the same ship - along with John Wesley and James Oglethorpe - had been visiting Frederica; on the return to trip to Savannah, their boat encountered a thunderstorm:

“…Towards 4 on Tuesday morning, it began to Thunder and Lighten, and rain the most dreadfull manner I ever beheld since I was born; Ours was a little open Boat without any Cover: The rest of the people wrapt themselves up head and ears in Blankets and Sails, whatever they could get, and laid down in the bottom of it: I pluck’d up a good heart, threw my Cloak over me, and stood up as Still as I could in the midst of it, that I might behold the Majesty of God in Thunder. And duely so glorious a Scene I never saw. I dare not attempt to describe. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 179.