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by the error in longitude, and the prevailing westerly
current, the following is the correct latitude:290
16' 37'" north; 940 49' 41" west longitude.
" My statement of the latitude and longitude is
gathered from the best sources, as I am indebted to
many officers of well-known reputation in the Navy,
as well as commanders of trading vessels, for their
kind assistance, both by observations and chronometers.
Masters bf vessels may, therefore, lay aside
all doubts and fears.
" Galveston has, heretofore, on account of its
being low land, been found difficult to make; but
now that we have upwards of three hundred houses,
many of them so lofty that, from the mast-head of a
vessel, they may be distinctly seen at a distance of
twenty miles, it is easily made. Vessels, however,
of heavy draught should not approach the bar nearer
than six fathoms-and then, by making a signal for
a pilot, they will be promptly attended to. Vessels
making this port at night would do well to come to
an anchor till daylight. For the convenience of
obtaining a pilot, vessels, drawing eight feet or less,
may approach as near as four fathoms of water.
"I do not hesitate to say, that a vessel, once
anchored in Galveston harbour, is as safe as in any
harbour in the United States.
"Masters 'of vessels are particularly requested, on
sighting the city,, if to the eastward, and it bearing
a little to the southward of west-south-west, immediately
to haul off to six fathoms, the town bearing
south-west by west. They will then be in a fair
way for the bar. If to the westward, run to the eastward
until the town bears as above.
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