LIGHT HOUSES AND AIDS TO NAVIGATION (Historic Alaska Information)

The modern, large and well constructed light houses on the coast of Canada and the numerous other lights, bouys and aids to navigation make a striking contrast to the small, ill-looking light houses, drifting bouys and absent aids on the Alaska coast. We should have had an appropriation of a quarter million for such aids from the last Congress; instead the puny sum of sixty thousand dollars was allowed. It was reported that Captain Pond would this year place 117 aids, including 13 fog signals and 72 lights between Dixon Entrance and Valdez, but the amount of relief can be best surmised from the amount to be expended. Congress overlooks the fact that the inside passage is the busiest and most dangerous marine highway on the Pacific. It should be charged with manslaughter for the numerous loss of life in these waters because of its criminal neglect.

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