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TO THE EDITOR OF THE GAZETTE & GUARDIAN. SIR,—Not long ago, some trials were made in Corn- wall, I think, and the account appeared in the news- papers, as to the advantages of rockets being used to convey lines from ships ia distress to the shore. Since the loss of the Killarney, 1 have felt anxious to urge on all owners and masters, either of steamers or sailing vessels, the propriety of having a box on board every vessel, containing six rockets, with from 300 to 1,200 yards of line, properly coiled*, and as many blue lights; so that, in case of need, a line might be projected on shore by a rocket. (A blue light at night could be burnt as a signal, and then the rocket eleva-ed to about 45°, with the line attached, fired towards the shore.) It is a rare occurrence for a vessel in distress not to be watched by some parties from the shore, and they will at once see that their duty was to draw the small line on shore, whilst those on board attached a larger rope to the line, and thus go on until a rope, sufficient to bear a man or two, is passed from the ship to the shore. This plan appears feasible, and might be used when Captain Manby's apparatus would be unavailing, and where no such apparatus was to be procured. Govern- ment, probabiy, on proper application, would forward this object, and allow rockets and blue lights to be issued (the same being paid for) the expense of which for six lib rockets would be trifling. Were a few steam companies to adopt the plan, others would be obliged to follow; for it would be the duty of all sailing by steam or otherwise, to learn first whether the safety rocket apparatus was on board, and if otherwise, not to go in that ship. A case occurred the other day in the Bristol Channel, when a steamer could not get sufficiently near a ship in distress, but had she had on board her rockets, she could, probably, through their means, have thrown a line to the suf- fering vessel, and thus have been- made instrumental in saving the crew, and, perhaps, the ship. My time will not permit me to address every paper, but I hope all Editors throughout the kingdom will urge this object, it having for its base humanity, coupled with economy and practicability. I am, &c. &c., ROBERT BYERS, F L.S. Bryn Sifi, near Swansea, January 31, 1838. Some experiments with respect to the power of the rockets in carrying the line would be necessary a line, for instance, 420 yards long woqJd weigh about 31bs. Again, the line had better be attached to a copper wire, which should reach the whole length of the stick of the rocket, so as to prevent the line from being burnt. Port fires should accompany the rockets, being the most certain means of firing them. R. B.


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