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BAYS AND STREAMS.
Island the bay is intersected by Red Fish Bar,
which runs completely across, and over which there
is but five or six feet water.
As several vessels have been lost in trying to
make the port of Galveston, (and among theml the
British slhip " irginia," in the spring of 1840,)
although it is by no means difficult of access, I
quote, for the guidance of mariners, the following
extract from a letter, published in the summer of
1839, by Mr. George Simpton, pilot of Galveston.
Mr. Simpton, who is a native of England, and
has served in the British Navy, thoroughly understands
his duties, as has been testified by the
declaration of the principal officers of the United
States' war schooner " Grampus," which vessel he
piloted into, and out of, Galveston, in October, 1838.
" Our country is so little known even in the
United States, that many erroneous rumours are
obtaining circulation in almost all their north-eastern
ports respecting Galveston bar and harbour.
"In the first place: it may be approached with
less danger than any port in the United States, as
the whole line of coast west of the Sabine, in five
fathoms of water, is the best of holding ground-and
a vessel may ride with perfect safety throughout the
year, so that masters of vessels bound to Galveston,
having good ground tackling, need not be apprehensive
of a lee-shore-that seeming to be their
principal object of alarm.
"As both the latitude and longitude of the east end
of Galveston Island, laid down on charts and books
of directions, are incorrect, and, in consequence,
many vessels have run to the westward of this port,
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/81/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .