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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Sept. 26, 1848

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Northwestern Insurance Company's Home Office Issues Advice to Vessel Masters

Captain Rounds, of the North Western Insurance Office, has sent us the following directions to Captains of the Lakes, with reference to entering our Harbor. Capt. R. is familiar with the subject, and we take pleasure in laying his communication before the public:

Masters of Vessels Entering Oswego Harbor

The recent accidents to vessels entering this harbor seem to have arisen from the lack of knowledge of the Harbor, and its facilities for anchorage, and the necessary preparations for entering it, before approaching the Piers - therefore a few suggestions to the uninitiated may not prove altogether valueless.

Before approaching the Piers, your canvass (which should not be used too sparingly, nor too soon taken in), should be well set, and so trimmed as to sheets and otherwise, as to give you full control of your craft in any emergency, and enable you to haul close up to the wind, after rounding the Pier, without your sails lighting so as to deaden your way before you reach well up to the large Warehouse near the Marine Railway, for there is no safety in trusting your anchors, unless you are within two or three times the length of our vessel from said Warehouse.

If you are unable to reach that point, your salvation is in reaching the dock or Pier, when you can make sure to get a line ashore - or of entering the West Channel, through which you can sail, (when clear) keeping a trifle eastward of the center, with a draught of 8 ½ feet of water when the wind is blowing fresh down the Lake.

In running up to the dock, in some ease, you may run the risk of doing some trifling damage, which is far preferable to the risk of leaving your vessel a wreck on Mr. Polk's too convenient and unyielding Platform, which is permanently located on the east side of the Harbor, and sufficiently broad to accommodate as many of you as will, however unwisely, be lured by the roaring and foaming of its shallow covering.

Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo, and Detroit Papers please copy.

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Sept. 26, 1848
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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Sept. 26, 1848