Providential Escape.—On the afternoon Sunday the 7th instant, a party of gentlemen who intended to return to Freiston Shore, from Skegness, Which they had visited on an excursion of pleasure, went off in a boat for the purpose of endeavouring to gain their conveyance, the Thomas and Mary, Charles Simpson. But, the wind being very high, and the tide running up the channel with unusual force and rapidity, they were driven about, for a considerable time, in a manner that imminently exposed them to the danger of meeting a watery grave. At length then drifting bark, which yawned under so numerous crew, was most providentially driven sufficiently near the shore just at the only moment of time which could enable them to escape by leaping from the boat, which immediately after sunk. The party consisted of Lieut, Edward Baxter, and Mr. George Thompson, of Helpringham; and of Messrs. Thos. Clarke, of Barleythorpe, Rutland; SamL BarrowcmT, of Little Hale; Win. Almond, of Heckington; John Trolley, of Edward Kdley, of Stamford; Josh. Lowe, of Harrowby; William Ruler, of Dewsbury; accompanied Charles Simpson and William Searby, of Skegness.
The party were also attended by George Blair, R.N., to whom, we understand, the highest praise is due for bis able and successful exertions save the life of Mr. Barrowcliff, when that gentleman was unskilfully contending with the overwhelming waves of heavy sea.—For his noble and unwearied efforts to secure the safety of his comrades in peril, Lieut. Baxter also is entitled to praise. As Josh. Simson, sen. of Freiston Shore, who, notwithstanding many severe losses, has brought up his family with the tenderest care, is meritorious and deservedly respected fisherman, we are happy to say that his vessel the Thomas and Mary, which was the same evening driven from her anchorage, was found next morning safe and uninjured, at Gibraltar Point, near Wainfleet Haven. The grateful tribute of acknowledgment for his kindness and attention is, we learn, allowed by the whole party to be due to Mr. Melson, of the New Inn, Skegness, whose generous sympathy soothed their distress, and afforded them security, and comfort, and rest, when brought back, once more, to his hospitable mansion by the very catastrophe that lately threatened to consign them in the Ocean to the sleep of death.—More we have not occasion to add, since Mr. Melson, Mr. Baxter, and Mr. Blair require not any public encomium from us: they feel their reward in their own breasts. For, whilst the remembrance of deeds of unkindness cannot but overwhelm their infiktors with woe, when the mind is disposed to exult in benignity; when the soul expands with universal goodwill,—it is then that the breast is thrilled with gladness,—it then that the heart leaps for joy; since when we are blessed with and exert the power of promoting the welfare and the happiness of others, we ever feel most happy ourselves. (Boston Gazette.)
Source: Stamford Mercury Friday 19 September 1823