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, 1883
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Page 39 - If any keeper or member of a crew of a life-saving or life-boat station shall hereafter die by reason of perilous service or any wound or injury received or disease contracted in the life-saving service in the line of duty, leaving a widow, or a child or children under sixteen years of age, such widow and child or children shall be entitled to receive, in equal portions, during...
Page 285 - 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 285 - ... 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 for signs of the arrival of the life-saving crew abreast of your vessel.
Page 283 - 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 283 - 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...
Page 283 - This tailblock should be hauled on board as quickly as possible to prevent the whip drifting off with the set or fouling with wreckage, etc. Therefore, if you have been driven into the rigging, where but one or two men can work to advantage, cut the...
Page 282 - ... 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 284 - 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 285 - ... last trip of the life car, the hatch must be secured by the inside hatch bar. In many instances two men can be landed in the breeches buoy at the same time by each putting a leg through a leg of the breeches and holding on to the lifts of the buoy.
Page 283 - 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.

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