|SACA 1 Oct 1842|
That the child was baptized by Rev Dr Okes is a reminder of the connection with H G Caithness, who had married Pamela Okes in June 1839. Not long after his own child, Eliza Ann Margaret, was born in September 1840 Caithness disappeared leaving Pamela to fend for herself.
|Simonstown: early view|
For Bell, life continued on an even keel, but there were shoals ahead. On 4 May 1844 the schooner Mary (Captain James Caithness, Bell’s brother-in-law), was wrecked in Algoa Bay, further evidence that no matter how experienced the mariner, coastal waters were treacherous. About a month later, little Ellen Selwyn Sophia died aged 1 year 98 months and a day. Misfortunes generally arriving in threes, the Bells were probably wondering what else Fate had in store when their luck changed suddenly and unexpectedly.