The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Oct. 8, 1919

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Want Coast Guard Station Somewhere On Mexico Bay
Residents There Will Present Petition To Representative Mott For The Establishment Of One There - Plenty Of Occasion For One During Navigation.

People in the eastern end of the county, especially those living along the lake shore, are considering the advisability of getting up a petition to Congressman L.W. Mott to see if he can not have a life saving, or Coast Guard station, as it is now called, established somewhere along the shores of Mexico Bay. in this they will probably have the hearty cooperation of all shipowners, yacht owners, and sailors on Lake Ontario.

At the present time there is a strip of coast extending from the Oswego river, clear to Jefferson county which has no station of this kind and Mexico Bay has long been regarded as one of the most dangerous stretches of coast on the entire lake. Due to the prevalence of westerly storms, this piece of water gets the heaviest sea of any part of the lake, and so far as possible, all ships, no matter what their size, avoid it. There have been many wrecks in Mexico Bay in years past and many lives lost. It is claimed the Big Sandy station, in Jefferson county, should be moved southward or, else a new station established between Oswego and Big Sandy.

While the Atlantic coast is well protected, the south shore of Lake Ontario has scarcely any stations at all. Take the New Jersey coast, for instance, there is a station on an average of every three miles along the entire stretch and there are no more wrecks along it than there are along the south shore of Lake Ontario during a season. If the Coast Guard service can afford such wonderfully adequate protection on the seacoast, why not let them give us a little protection of up here where the danger is fully as great and the lives of people worth just as much.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Oct. 8, 1919