Peyton Adams Eubank
Missionary - Africa 1882 - 1892
Memories of a Missionary Tour of Duty in Africa:
1882 - 1892
by Laura Boardman Houchens Eubank
Wife of Rev. Peyton Adams Eubank
Missionaries To Nigeria 1882
Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board, Richmond, VA.
On To Lagos (Map)
This steamer was the Lagos on which we were to continue our journey down the coast. We went aboard the next day, were off that evening. This was one of the many steamers which ply regularly between Liverpool and the coast. While it was small and rather insignificant compared with our present day steamer, still to us, just after a month on the little sailing vessel, it seemed like real luxury with its many passengers, its accommodations, its service and its better food.
Now, we still had two weeks before us. Day by day, we continued steadily, making frequent stops at different ports to trade with the people, to take on or leave off cargo and mail - also passengers, for there was much travelling along the coast. Some of the ports were Akhara and Cap Coast Castle.
One of special interest was Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, a colony of freed slaves from America. We. have heard much lately of this place, on account of its present slave trade - strange enough for a colony established by a people who were themself just freed from slavery surely they, of all people, would well know the evils and bitterness of it! Who will be their Lincoln?
And so, we continued for two weeks more, till one bright day the middle of August, we sighted Lagos, our long expected destination! Between us and Lagos was the "Bar" which could not be crossed by our ocean steamer. We passengers had to be transferred to a small steamer on which .we had the experience of "crossing the bar"- rather a rough passage it was. But soon we were over, anchored at the dock, and once more we were on land with the happy sense that our voyage was over.
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