William and Dorothy Carey, with four energetic children, sailed aboard the Kron Princessa Maria to India in 1793. The journey took five months, and the worst moments came about 1 a.m. on August 26, 1793, when the ship sailed into a terrific storm. Carey was awakened by stools, tables, pots, and glasses flying through the room. Mountainous seas bore down on the ship from every direction, and the ship would rise and plunge almost perpendicularly. The vessel managed to ride out the storm, only to be quickly hit by another one. Carey later wrote: “I hope I have learned the necessity of bearing up in the things of God against wind and tide, when there is occasion, as we have done in our voyage.... In the Christian life, we often have to work against wind and tide; but we must do it if we expect ever to make port.”
Robert J. Morgan, Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook, 2002 Edition. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001), 204.