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, 1876
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Page 40 - The end and design of the institution is for the recovery of persons who meet with such accidents as to produce in them the appearance of death, and for promoting the cause of humanity by pursuing such means from time to time as shall have for their object the preservation of human life and the alleviation of its miseries.
Page 43 - ... has been stamped, and on which a duty has been paid to the use of government, shall be entitled to receive, from the collector of the district to whom it may be delivered, or from such other revenue officer in the respective states or districts as may be designated for that purpose by the Secretary of the Treasury...
Page 42 - For providing surf boat, rockets, carronades, and other necessary apparatus for the better preservation of life and property from shipwrecks on the coast of New Jersey, between Sandy Hook and Little Egg Harbor, ten thousand dollars ; the same to be expended under the supervision of such officers as may be detached for this duty by the Secretary of the Treasury.
Page 48 - April, 1871, $200,000, and authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to employ crews of experienced surfmen at such stations and for such periods as he might deem necessary and proper. With a view of obtaining an accurate knowledge of the condition of the stations and their needs, and to enable itself to forma judicious opinion as to what other measures should be adopted in providing for the better protection of life and property on occasions of shipwreck, the Department detailed Captain John Faunce,...
Page 40 - to cause any suitable number of public vessels, adapted to the purpose, to cruise upon the coast, in the severe portion of the season, when the public service will allow of it, and to afford such aid to distressed navigators as their circumstances and necessities may require ; and such public vessels shall go to sea prepared fully to render such assistance.
Page 56 - ... managing owner, agent, or master of every vessel of the United States, sustaining or causing accident involving loss of life, the material loss of property, or serious injury to any person, or damage to the vessel affecting her seaworthiness, the requirement of forthwith making report thereof to the collector of customs of the district wherein such vessel belonged or within which such accident or damage occurred, stating fully the locality, the nature, and probable occasion of the casualty, and...
Page 41 - ... have for their object the preservation of human life and the alleviation of its miseries." In the broad field of beneficence embraced in this declaration its benefactions have necessarily taken a wide range, and its charities and exertions have conspicuously aided a variety of humane enterprises, but never to the serious prejudice of the special plan of usefulness it early marked out for itself. It began the erection of huts for the shelter and comfort of persons escaping from wrecked vessels...
Page 54 - ... is required to make extended excursions along the coast, with a view of ascertaining if any shipwreck has occurred and finding and succoring any persons that may have been cast ashore. Houses of refuge are located exclusively...
Page 4 - ... as the Secretary of the Treasury may determine; pay of volunteer crews for drill and exercise; fuel for stations and houses of refuge; repairs and outfits for same; rebuilding and improvement of same...
Page 46 - ... condition of things attracted the attention of the public and of Congress. In April of 1854 the Committee on Commerce, through its chairman, Hon. Hannibal Hamlin, called upon the Treasury Department for information in regard to the matter and invited suggestions. The Secretary of the Treasury replied, that, upon establishing the stations and furnishing them with apparatus, all care over them on the part of the government ceased.

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