Royal Humane Society's Directions for the Reocvery Of The Apparently Drowned

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Harbours And Port
Toronto Harbour, Or Bay
The Port Of Liverpool, Or Pickering, Formerly Called Frenchman's Bay
Whitby Harbour
Port Darlington
Raby Head
Bond Head, Or Port Of Newcastle
Port Hope
Presqu'isle Harbour
Scotch Bonnet Lighthouse
Weller's Bay
Kingston Harbour
Sackett's Harbour
Port Ontario
Oswego Harbour
Little Sodus Bay
Big Sodus Bay
Genesee River
Oak Orchard Creek
Niagara River
Port Dalhousie
Port Of Hamilton & Burlington Canal
Port Credit
Wellington Square, And Nelson Or Bronte
Port Britain
Extract From "An Act To Compel Vessels To Carry A Light During The Night And To Make Sundry Provisions To Regulate The Navigation Of The Waters Of This Province." 14 & 15 Victoria, Chap. 126
Royal Humane Society's Directions for the Reocvery Of The Apparently Drowned
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Avoid all rough usage. -- Never hold the body up by the feet. -- Nor roll the body on casks. -- Nor rub the body with salt or spirits. -- Nor inject tobacco smoke or infusion of tobacco.


1. Support the body carefully, with the head and shoulders in a raised position.

2. Strip the body, and rub it dry; then wrap it in hot blankets, and place it in a warm bed.

3. Wipe and cleanse the mouth and nostrils.

4. In order to restore the natural warmth of the body: Move a heated covered warming pan over the back and spine. -- Put bladders or bottles of hot water or heated bricks to the pit of the stomach, the arm pits, between the thighs, and to the soles of the feet.-- Foment the body with hot flannels; but, if possible,-Immerse the body in a warm bath as hot as the hand can bear without pain, as this is preferable to the other means for restoring warmth.-Rub the body briskly with the hand; do not, however, suspend the use of the other means at the same time.

5. Apply sal volatile or hortshorn to the nostrils; if the power of swallowing be returned, small quantities of warm wine or weak brandy and water may be given; the patient should be kept in bed, and a disposition to sleep encouraged. Great care is requisite to maintain the restored vital actions, and at the same time to prevent undue excitement. The treatment is to be persevered in for three or four hours. It is an erroneous opinion, that persons are irrecoverable because life does not soon make its appearance.




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electronic edition is based on the original in the collection of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.