You’ll Never Know Unless You Ask – Wm. King, 11 of 28

King travelled across the Atlantic as a Second Mate - never having piloted a ship before!
King travelled across the Atlantic as a Second Mate – never having piloted a ship before!

That April, William King planned to return to America for his wife and son but when he arrived in Liverpool he discovered the ship that was to sail that week had a full complement of passengers and could take no more. So he asked the Captain if he had a full complement of ship-hands. Luckily he required a second mate, so King “bought himself a red shirt, and a Sou’Wester and shipped as Second Mate. When we left the harbor I was on the quarter deck doing duty, and every day at noon I took the sun’s altitude with a quadrant that the Captain furnished me with. The rest of the time I was in the Cabin reading until the Pilot came on board at New York , then I was again on the quarter deck doing duty; and when the Manifest was handed in to the proper authorities in New York my name was read out as Second Mate.” (53-54) Not bad, for a student of theology!

You are invited to tell of a time when you, or someone else, found a way through a dilemma with a brilliant solution.

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2 thoughts on “You’ll Never Know Unless You Ask – Wm. King, 11 of 28

  1. Geert, a friend of mine was taking a bus from Toronto to Belleville. The only problem was the bus did not stop in Belleville and Geert knew it. So he approached the bus driver who said, “No, this bus goes through to Kingston. It does not stop in Belleville.”
    “But it will stop if a passenger gets rowdy and needs to be thrown off the bus, won’t it?” said Geert with a smile on his face.
    “Yes,” said the driver.
    My guess is that they both had a lot of fun with this!

  2. I was a university co-op student working that semester in Birmingham, Michigan, a wealthy suburb of Detroit, Michigan, USA. Two weeks into my co-op position I had still not located a place to stay, and was sleeping in my car. While answering an ad for a room, I was shown the place by a friend of the elderly home owner. The room was inadequate even for my meager needs. The lady showing me the room took pity on me, and suggested I might like to look at a room in her home. Her husband had recently passed away, and her son was away at university. It turned out to be a blessing for both of us. She had someone in the house, and I had a nice room with kitchen privileges. It was a win win situation that seemed to be worked out by the Lord. A way where there seemed to be no way.

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