Jones, Charles J. From the Forecastle to the Pulpit. Fifty Years Among Sailors. Containing an Account of a Wonderful Revival upon the Sea.With an Introduction by W. P. Strickland, D.D., LL.D. New York: N. Tibbals & Sons, 1884. First Edition.
Blue cloth with gilt titles & decorations, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2, edge-worn with corners and ends worn through, recent former owner's signature on the ffep, 528 clean pp., steel-engraved portrait of Jones. Fair. Hardcover. 
Charles John Jones (1818-1907), a native of Kent, England, at eight years old went to sea as a second-class boy on the H. B. M. Ship Pylades. He became a drunkard and his experiences at sea are vividly told here including a mutiny. In January of 1841 he was spiritually awakened under the preaching of "Father Taylor" in Boston, Mass., and was converted through the agency of the devotional book "Daily Food." He soon afterwards began a ministry amongst his fellow sailors, and began a formal education that saw him through Lafayette College in Easton, Pa, and at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1854 he took the pastorate of the Mariner's Church, in New York City, and at the time this book was written he was Chaplain of the Sailors' Snug Harbor, N. Y.
This is a fascinating account, including notices of many captains and other seamen dedicated to revival and evangelism. Chapter XIV. is "The Great Revival in the Navy," which took place in 1858. This revival account continues for several chapters, Chapter XX. being "Extent of revival - Gulf Squadron."
"Since the year 1863 Dr. Jones has filled with great acceptance the useful and responsible position of Chaplain of the Sailors' Snug Harbor, which is one of the wealthiest, and at the same time one of the most beneficent, charitable corporations in New York. Here he has ministered, out of the wealth of a large experience, to the spiritual wants of multitudes of sailors who have come from all parts of the world to find in the retreat at Staten Island a safe anchorage for the rest of their days. Previous to his appointment to this position Dr. Jones was pastor of the Mariners' Church, an organization under the care of the New York Port Society. In this position he came in contact with seafaring men engaged in the active duties of their calling. The affectionate solicitude with which Dr. Jones followed the members of his floating congregation to all parts of the world will excite the admiration of his readers, and they will share with him most tenderly the grateful satisfaction of knowing that his labors have been so abundantly blessed.
"The early part of the volume is taken up with an interesting account of Dr. Jones' early life, of his varied and often perilous experiences on shipboard, and of his conversion to Christ. It is written in an admirable style, and with a flavor of the sea that would make it interesting as a novel to all sea-loving people, apart altogether from its religious character. This is one of the bright, breezy books which boys will read, and it should have a place in every Sunday-school library." - The Presbyterian Review, Volume 5 (1884).