Life Saving Services
To be Strengthened and Improved at all the Principal Points on the Lakes - Last year's Report
A short time since the three lake superintendents, Captain D.P. Dobbins of the ninth district, which includes Lakes Erie and Ontario, Captain Sawyer of the tenth district, which covers Lakes Huron and Superior, and Captain Louttit of the eleventh district, extending over Lake Michigan, received instructions to attend at Washington for the purpose of consulting with the general superintendent of the United States Life Saving Service Department in reference to the expediency, to to say the necessity, of changing the volunteer stations into full pay stations. The captains were successful in convincing the authorities that such important places as Oswego Buffalo, Fairport Cleveland, Chicago, Racine Milwaukee, Grand Haven Ludington and St. Joseph should have full paid stations in lieu of the volunteer stations they have now. An order was issued to this effect the same to come into force on the 1st of July next. Each station is to be furnished with a crew of eight men and a keeper. Every station on the lakes is to be supplied with an English life-boat, a surf boat, a life-car, and all the other paraphernalia necessary to saving life from wreck.
The Buffalo Express says that during last season twenty-two vessels were wrecked in the ninth district, and one hundred and five lives were saved. Two keepers in the district will receive gold medals for gallant services, namely, Joseph O'Doyle of Charlotte, station No. 4, and L. M. Clements of Marblehead, station NO. 9 O'Doyle earned his honor under the following circumstances :Ont the 11th of September a gallant rescue was made of six men and one woman from the schooner E. P. Door of Oswego, by the crew of Station 4 under the command of keeper o"Doyle On the 19th of October six persons were saved from the schooner Julia of Kingston, Ont. A dangerous and gallant rescue of seven persons was made from the crosstrees of the schooner Star on the 23rd of October, and six men were taken from the schooner Wacousta on the 7th of November. L. M. Clements gained his badge of honor by saving two boys from drowning on the 28th of July.
Capt. Dobbins submitted to the authorities his new self-righting surf boat. They were so pleased with the design that the gallant captain received instructions to have a boat at once built for the purpose of testing its capacity. It is to be twenty-six feet long with five feet beam pulling six oars and weighing only eight hundred pounds. IT is especially adapted for light work in the sur near the beach as it can be carried any reasonable distance by the crew. Its peculiarities are that if it capsizes it will right itself.