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WASHINGTON, D, C., November 28, 1899.
This volume covers the coast from Point Judith to New York, including Block Island Sound, Gardiners Bay, Fishers Island Sound, Long Island Sound, East River, the south coast of Long Island and New York Bay and Harbor.
This publication is based mainly upon the work of the Coast and Geodetic Survey, including the results of special examinations and investigations carried on in connection with its preparation. The system adopted in this publication includes
I. A tabular description of all lighthouses, light-vessels, and fog signals; lists of life-saving stations, Weather Bureau wind signal display stations, and seacoast telegraph stations; and information regarding tides, tidal currents, variation of the compass, etc.
II. General information concerning the several bodies of water and harbors, including notes relative to pilots and pilotage, towboats, depth of water, draft of vessels entering, harbor and quarantine regulations, supplies, facilities for making repairs, usual or best anchorages, and other matters of practical interest. In each case the information of this nature precedes the sailing directions and is printed in smaller type.
III. Sailing directions, with subordinate paragraphs treating of prominent objects, dangers, aids to navigation, etc. In the arrangement adopted the aim has been to conform, as far as practicable, to the order in which these matters would be considered in practice, and to render available such information as may be wanted promptly. For this purpose, and to afford a ready means of reference from one part to another, the sailing directions, where long, are divided into numbered or lettered sections, printed in large type, each followed by its own subordinate remarks in smaller type.
IV. Appendices. The first edition of this volume was prepared by Lieut. George H. Peters, U. S. N., assisted by Ensign Edwin H. Tillman, U.S. N., and Mr. John Ross. In the present (third) edition the text has been revised and brought up to date by Mr. John Ross, assisted by Mr. Herbert C. Graves and Mr. Harry L. Ford, under the general direction of Herbert G. Ogden, Assistant, Coast and Geodetic Survey, Inspector of Hydrography and Topography.
The aids to navigation are correct to November 28, 1899.
As absolute accuracy in a work of this class is scarcely possible, navigators will confer a favor by notifying the Superintendent of the Coast and Geodetic Survey of errors which they may discover, or of additional matter which they think should be inserted for the information of mariners.
Henry S. Pritchett,