At age 15, Joseph Bates “shipped” on a commercial vessel. For the next 21 years he lived the life of a sailor and ship captain. He returned to civilian life in 1828 with a small fortune. During the Advent awakening, the retired sea captain became a respected evangelist and spiritual leader among the Adventists.

From exciting sea voyages to development of the early Advent message and witness to the disappointment of 1844, The Autobiography of Elder Joseph Bates, written in 1868, four years before his death, is a comprehensive overview of his life.