The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Free Press (Oswego, NY), July 20, 1831

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To Seamen. -- Mr. John Murry, an Englishman, has published an account of his "invention of an effective and unfailing method of forming an instantaneous communication with the shore, in shipwreck, and illuminating the scene in a dark and tempestuous night."

An arrow of peculiar construction, about eight inches long, weighing about 6 1/2 ounces, and having a cord attached to it is shot from a common blunderbuss, or a three pounder swivel. The cord, thus conveyed on board, is strong enough to bear the weight of a rope, which can thus be hauled to the vessel, and the necessary communication is effected.

There is a further contrivance of combustible substance, which, when necessary, can be attached to the arrow, and which, catching fire by the action of the air during the arrow's flight, to use the author's phrase, "illuminates the scene." The efficiency of this invention has been established by a variety of experiments; in the course of which it was found practicable to throw a line one hundred and thirty yards, and seventy yards in the teeth of a strong gale of wind - and with a steady aim, whatever was the direction of the wind."

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Free Press (Oswego, NY), July 20, 1831