The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Joseph Traveler (St. Joseph, MI), 18 Sept. 1861

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The St. Joseph Life Boat.

It is well known that the Life Boat furnished by the United States Government for this port, is out of repair, and in its present condition, almost wholly useless. At the time of the getting up of these boats for our inland waters, it was the simple intention of the Government to furnish them to seaport towns, for their use, so long as such towns took care of them, prevented their destruction, &c.; and it was the design of Congress, in the framing of the bill for their construction, to require of such ports as were favored with them, to keep them in repair! and to pay such charges as might arise from storing them under cover, when not in use, &c. The St. Joseph Life Boat, in the absence of a Collector of the Port, is under the charge of the Light House Keeper, and he informs us that he has written to the proper authorities with respect to the condition of the Boat, and received, in reply, the explanations as above presented.

This being the case had not our citizens better take some steps in the matter. The rough weather of fall will soon be upon us, bringing with it a thousand dangers to the poor mariner, and it may be that many valuable lives, to say nothing of property, might be saved within the next few months were our life boat in repair. It is our opinion that an expense of ten dollars would make it as good as new, but we hope, even if double this sum is required, that it will be raised, and our life boat fitted up, so that we shall be enabled to afford relief to the poor sailor who is so unfortunate as to be stranded upon our shores.

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Robert C. Myers
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St. Joseph Traveler (St. Joseph, MI), 18 Sept. 1861