The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, March 31, 1879

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Important Changes in the Life Services at this Point

Captain John Blackburn, keeper of the life saving station at this port has received an official communication from Capt. E.P. Dobbins of Buffalo, superintendent, informing him that a full paid crew will be kept at the Oswego station from July 1 till the close of navigation and from April 1 (to-morrow) till July 1 one surfman or member of the full and paid crew will be employed. The salary of these surfmen will be $40. per month and they are to live at the station. In addition to keeper Blackburn and the surfman seven of the volunteer crew will be employed from to-morrow until July 1. This is an important and proper change in the Oswego station, which is certainly entitled to the service of a full crew if any on the lakes is. There is much exposure of life and property at this port and along the adjacent shore, and there is no doubt that a full crew, constantly on hand and in good training will be able to do frequent and useful service, The station will be located as soon as possible and will be improved in various respects as to size and arrangement, with a view to better accommodations of the crew and greater efficiency of the service here. The crew will be required to remain at the station during the hours of service, either boarding at some near and convenient place or messing together in the station house. Capt. Dobbins's efforts to bring about these changes are entitled to public recognition.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, March 31, 1879