A Token for Mariners

Title

A Token for Mariners

Description

A Token for Mariners was a popular anthology of shipwreck stories that went through six editions (under different titles) in London and Boston between 1674 and 1708. Its author was James Janeway, a nonconformist London clergyman. Janeway presented his readers with twenty-seven stories, most of which involved ships carrying crews and sometimes passengers from England or New England, who ultimately survived storms, starvation, captivity, violence, and other crises via the benevolent intervention of divine providence.

Shipwreck stories, many of which had religious themes, were arguably the first disaster narratives. Pious purveyors of early shipwreck stories wrote not to generate sympathy for those who suffered the perils of the seas but rather to engender fear of God’s wrath and reverence for his mercy and power. They viewed shipwrecks not as disasters that could be prevented or ameliorated but rather as judgments from God, who orchestrated these harrowing episodes to encourage sinners to refrom and repent.

Creator

James Janeway

Source

American Antiquarian Society

Date

1708

Contributor

Cynthia A. Kierner

Format

Book

Type

Text

Coverage

1700-1799

Original Format

Book

Files

Janeway Tken for Mariners.pdf

Citation

James Janeway, “A Token for Mariners,” Disaster History Archive, accessed October 23, 2021, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/9.

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