Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the Fiscal Year Ending ...

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1881
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Page 217 - Circumstances may arise, owing to the strength of the current or set or the danger of the wreck breaking up immediately when it would be impossible to send off the hawser. In such a case a breeches buoy or life car will be hauled off instead by the whip or sent off to you by the shot line, and you will be hauled ashore through the surf. If your vessel is stranded during the night and discovered by the patrolman — which you will know by his burning a brilliant red light — keep a sharp lookout...
Page 215 - When the end of the hawser is got on board, a tally board will be found attached, bearing the following directions in English on one side and French on the other: " Make this hawser fast about 2 feet above the tailblock, see all clear and that the rope in the block runs free, and show signal to the shore.
Page 217 - ... the lifts of the buoy. Children, when brought ashore by the buoy, should be in the arms of older persons or securely lashed to the buoy. Women and children should be landed first.
Page 216 - These instructions being obeyed, the result will be as shown in figure 2. Take particular care that there are no turns of the whip line round the hawser. To prevent this take the end of the hawser up between the parts of the whip before making it fast. When the hawser is made fast, the whip cast off from the hawser, and your signal seen by the life-saving crew, they will haul the hawser taut and by means of the whip will haul off to your vessel a breeches buoy suspended from a traveler block, or...
Page 217 - RECAPITULATION. Remain by the wreck until assistance arrives from the shore, unless your vessel shows signs of immediately breaking up. If not discovered immediately by the patrol, burn rockets, flare-up or other lights; or, if the weather be foggy, fire guns. Take particular care that there are no turns of the whip line around the hawser before making the hawser fast. Send the women, children, helpless persons, and passengers ashore first. Make yourself thoroughly familiar with these instructions...
Page 215 - Make the tail of the block fast to the lower mast, well up. If the masts are gone, then to the best place you can find. Caxt off shot line, see that the rope in the block runs free, and show signal to the shore.
Page 214 - ... is hauled overland to a point opposite the wreck and launched, as circumstances may require. Upon the boat reaching your vessel, the directions and orders of the keeper (who always commands and steers the boat) should be implicitly obeyed.
Page 378 - Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent— 1.
Page 217 - In signaling as directed in the foregoing instructions, if in the daytime, let one. man separate himself from the rest and swing his hat, a handkerchief, or his hand; if at night, the showing of a light and concealing it once or twice, will be understood; and like signals will be made from the shore. Circumstances may arise, owing to the strength of the current or set, or the danger of the wreck breaking up immediately, when it would be impossible to send off the hawser. In such a case a breeches...
Page 213 - Most of the life-saving and life-boat stations are provided with the International Code of Signals, and vessels can, by opening communication, be reported or obtain the latitude and longitude of the station, where determined...

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