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3BAYS AND STREAMIS.
" In conclusion, let me remark that we have now
a first-rate pilot-boat constantly on the look-out for
vessels nearing land."
At the highest Spring tides, not more than
thirteen feet and a half depth of water has been
found on the bar of Galveston, and but ten feet at
low water. Mr. Simpton, in correction of misrepreseintations
on the subject, has stated that at no
time has he found above twelve and a half feet, and
this depth only at high spring tide.
The prevention of the prohibited slave trade and
the defence of the coast may be efficiently provided
for by stationing an active naval force at Galveston.
As a harbour, Galveston is much superior to New
Orleans. The depth of water on tlle respective bars
is about equal, but Galveston has an immense advantage
in lying directly on the Gulf, and not
requiring the aid of steam tow-boats to assist tllhe
progress of shipping.
East Bay, an arm of Galveston Bay formed by
East Bayou, which rises near Sabine Bay, is about
thirty miles in length. Point Bolivar, a narrow
neck of land about thirty miles long, and from two
to six wide, divides East Bay from the Gulf. The
bay is bounded by low prairies, destitute of timber,
with the exception of some groves of live oak. East
Bay and Sabine Lake might, as has been observed,
be easily united, by opening a communication between
East Bayou and Taylor's Creek.
Double Bavou and Turtle Creek are small streams
that enter Galveston Bay from the east, above Red
Trinity (Trinidad) River, the principal tributary
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