Important to seamen.
There seems to be a misunderstanding among the vessel captains in reference to the fog signals to be sounded. Capt Griffin and Preston inform us that navigation in foggy weather is much more difficult than before on account of the apparent ignorance of officers of sailing vessels in reference to the signals. The order from the Treasury Department is as follows:
Sailing vessels and every craft propelled by sails upon oceans, lakes, and rivers, shall, when on their starboard tack, sound one blast of their fog horn; when on their port tack, they shall sound two blasts of their fog horn, when with the wind free or running large; they shall sound three blasts of the fog horn; when lying to or at anchor, they shall sound a general alarm. In each instance, the above signals shall be sounded at intervals of no more than tow minutes.
Sailing vessels, when not under way, and anchored or moored in the channel or fairway of commerce, shall sound the general alarm signal at intervals of not more than two minutes, and all steamers navigation in a fog or thick weather, shall by the rules governing pilots, sound their steam whistle at intervals of not more than one minute.
Sailing vessels shall at all times on the approach of any steamer during the night time show a lighted torch upon that point or quarter to which such steamer shall be approaching.
It will be seen by the above that for safe navigation of the lakes, every officer should be posted on these important changes; otherwise collisions will be frequent.