CANNON FOR HEAVING LINE
Goodrich Passenger Fleet Will Carry Them
Same Type Used by Life-Saving Stations
Delay in Receiving New Life-Preservers
Chicago, May 12. - Chicago steamboat lines are not only supplying all the apparatus prescribed by the stringent government regulations for the safeguarding of the lives of passengers, but are adding appliances not called for in the rules.
The latest device to be installed on the passenger fleet is the Lyle line-throwing cannon, one of which will be installed on every steamer of the Goodrich Line. The first of these guns will be placed on the Georgia within a day or two.
The type of gun to be used is the same type as that now in service at over 300 government life-saving stations for landing crew and passengers from stranded craft. The cannon has a 3½ inch bore and is able to throw a quarter inch line a distance of 1,800 feet. It is claimed that the use of such a gun from a ship is more effective than from the shore, the latter presenting a much larger mark than the tossing ship. It can also be put to valuable use in succoring disabled craft in midlake during storms, when it is dangerous for the rescuing steamer to maneuver close enough to the wreck to throw a line by hand. The cannon can also be used for firing distress signals.
Considerable delay is being met in supplying the passenger fleet with the block cork life preservers called for by the government rules adopted this spring. But a few factories manufacture this type of life preserver, and they have been swamped by new orders. Most of the lines have enough preservers to cover the number of passengers carried during the early season, and all will be supplied by the time the excursion season opens.
Five thousand new preservers for the Graham & Morton line will be delivered early next week.