To The EDITOR of the CARLISLE PATRIOT
Sir, -- Having seen an article in the Carlisle Patriot on the 12th instant respecting my vessel, the "Hymen," which must have been inserted by some person desirous of misleading the public, I beg to hand you a correct statement.
On the 20th September, being low neap tides, I arrived in the Frith, my vessel drawing nearly 18 feet. I crossed the Bar one hour and a half before high water, having 27 feet over the shoalest part. Since my arrival here the vessel has never touched the ground. I rode over an equinoctial tide when the tide ebbed out nearly four feet lower than ordinary springs; and at low water the lowest ebb I had was 20 feet. I have had some strong winds since arriving, and have seen nothing to prevent a ship riding out in Silloth in all ordinary weathers.
With respect to the delay in getting the vessel discharged, a portion of the cargo being for Port Carlisle, and having only one lighter, she was sometimes away three or four days. What was for Silloth Bay every plank was safely landed, and ran no danger of being washed away; the only danger arose from the spite of a couple of meddling lawyers, who tried to prohibit the cargo being landed at Silloth at all.
In conclusion, I may state that when the Dock at Silloth is made I would sooner come here than Liverpool, the navigation being freer from danger.
I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
G. G. HENDERSON,
Master of the barque, "Hymen," of Liverpool
Silloth Bay, 20th October, 1855