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A PLEA FOR THE SHirWRECKED…

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A PLEA FOR THE SHirWRECKED SAILOR. The approach of winter has been heralded by gales of terrible and awful force. Even yet, although the worst is over, the last of this equinoctial tornado howls about our ears. Toot-passengers hurry along with one hand grasping an-inverted umbrella, and one grappling the. unhappy head-piece which it is the fashion of the day to W3ar. The air is full of whirling leaves, the mouth and eyes of dust; casements rattle, doors bang, and uncom- fortable landsmen remark to each other that "it is a disagreeable wind." But if we shrink fiom it on shore, what are its effects at sea! We know enough already to be certain that this storm will charge the wreck- chart with scores of those black crosses, which signify destruction of costly property and loss of brave lives. We may have to learn of awful andwholesale dsasters, noble ships strewing the rocks with their timbers,^nd gallant seamen perishing by crews in the bitter flights of last week. Even her Majesty the Queen, for the first time in her life, had been prevented, by the fury of the storm, from crossing the ocean; for these storms, as Shakespeare says, "care not for the name of a king." Oar shores have, as usual, been strewn with wrecks. It is supposed that nearly 200 vessels "have come to grief on these disastrous occasions, and that some scores of valuable lives have perished from them. If, from these dreadful details, we turn to the serrices rendered by our lifeboats, we see the only consolation which such havoc can afford. We read that at Lytharn, on the morning of the 20th Oct., notice was given that a ship was on the most dangerous part of the Horse Bank. With all possible speed the lifeboat of the National Life- boat Institution was launched and towed to windward by the Loch Lomond steamer. Cast off by the steamer, the lifeboat struggled through a tremendous heavy sea of broken water. Thrice was she filled, but quickly self ejected the water thus shipped, The hearts- cf-oak that manned her were not to be dismayed, and with magnificent hardihood the crew struggled on until they reached the ship, and rescued thirteen of the crew and a Liverpool pilot who was on board. The ship was the Annie E. Hooper, of Baltimore, U.S. When the lifeboat had rescued these men, the' rope by which she held to the vessel parted, and she could do no more but another lifeboat, belonging to the National Institution, came up and took off the captain and the remaining three men. Thus the whole crew were saved; and the report goes on to say thac" nobler lifeboat services have seldom been performed." Again on Sunday last the Lytham lifeboat was instrumental in saving, under great difficulty, the schooner Ores, of Arbroath, and her crew of five men from destruction. The vessel attempted to come into Lytbam, but, being a stranger, had been unable to make out the buoys, and had run on the Horse Bank, when the lifeboat immediately put off, and succeeded in getting the vessel off and beaching her in a place of safety. Now let us go to Thorpe, Suffolk. There, at midnight, onthe20tb Oct., tke crew of the Ipswich lifeboat, be- longing to the National Institution, and stationed at Thorpe, discovered a vessel on the shoal. She was the barque Henry Everest, of Rochester. It was blowing a strong gale from the S.W., with a tremendous surf on the beach. The lifeboat men were soon at their post, although the darkness of the night and the tempest were enough to appall any man. Life wa9 in distress, and, with a promptitude and courage worthy of the great cause they serve, the lifeboat's crew, after encountering great difficulty in launching the lifeboat through the heavy surf, pushed off to the wreck, and took off the crew of four men. She had hardly brought them ashore crew of four men. She had hardly brought them ashore when a messenger came to say that another vessel was. on Lizewell Bank. At once she took the water again, and was neariug the wreck, when she found that the gallant crew of a, French lugger had rescued the ship- wrecked crew. If the empire of the sea is an Englishman's glory, he pays nobly and dearly for it. But in no case is the saying, that Peace has her victories no less renowned than those in war, more applicable than in those victories which our hardy seamen achieve when they man the lifeboat. Then, to turn these victories to good account, let us ask our readers whether those who "sit at home at ease," and are not bound by their avocations to tempt "the dangers of the deep," can perform any act more patriotic or more iRimare than by subscribing to the funds of that noble establishment, the National Lifeboat Institution. At this stormy season of the year the demand on its funds are unusually heavy. We trust that the appeal for help will be liberally responded to by tlie British public. We will only add that, during the past two years and a half, the lifeboats of the Society have saved nearly 800 lives from different wrecks, and that it has now 123 lifeboats under its management, requiring continual heavy outlays to keep them in a state of efficiency. Contributions are received by all the bankers in the Kingdom, and by Richard Lewis, Esq., Secretary of the Institution, at its office, 14, John-street, Adelphi.

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