Life Saving Stations
The Boats, Houses and Crews at Oswego, Salmon Creek and Big Sandy.
Lieutenant R. Glover, U. S. R. M., arrived in town yesterday to inspect the life saving station at this port, preparatory to its acceptance by the government. The building, which as been erected a short distance east of the shore end of the new pier this spring, is a plain substantial one, one story in height, 48 feet long and 24 feet wide, and is fitted for the reception of two boats. The boats which have been adopted by the government for life saving purposes are made of white cedar, something after the style of whaling boats or those in use on the New Jersey coast. They are light, but strong, very buoyant and will ride with safety any sea right side up. The two which will be sent to this station on the opening of the canal are each 27 feet long, 6 ½ feet beam, with air chambers forward and aft. Seven men will be required to man each boat, six oarsmen and a coxswain, who will steer with an oar. - The station will be in charge of a keeper at a salary of $200 per year, but the crews must be volunteers. A tramway is being built from the water's edge to the house, on which the boats will be moved to and from the water on a car.
Below this port there will be two complete life saving stations, one at Salmon Creek and one at Big Sandy, each with a paid crew of six men and a coxswain, whose pay will be the same as is paid sailors in the Revenue Service. Both houses will be complete in every particular and the crews will be fed and lodged.
Captain Dobbins, of Buffalo, has been appointed superintendent of stations on Lake Erie, but no appointment has yet been made for Lake Ontario. There are many applicants at this port for the position and, as it is a good paying one, a strong push is being made by each.
The two metallic life boats at this port will probably remain here under the charge of the Harbor Master.