1867: “A GREAT SEA CAUGHT ME,” BY JAMES CHALMERS

Scottish-born missionary and adventurer James Chalmers was posted to the South Pacific in 1866. The following year, while on the island Niue James, Chalmers tried his hand at surfing. He continued throughout his life to explore, colonize, and proselytize, and gained fame in Europe as “The Livingston of New Guinea. In 1901, however, Chalmers and…