I consider it a great honor to be connected in any way with the investigation of this great river of the ocean, and it will give me pleasure to lay before the Naval Institute any new facts that I have obtained, under the direction of Mr. Patterson, the present Superintendent of the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
To the United States Coast Survey, first organized by Mr. Hassler, and especially to the systematic examination instituted by Professor Bache, are we indebted for most of our knowledge of the Gulf Stream, a knowledge which has been of inestimable value to the mariner. The investigations begun by Dr. Franklin, and pursued by his descendant Professor Bache, have been continued by Prof. Pierce and Mr. Patterson, but by none with more earnestness than by the present Superintendent, who has the advantage of the more modern and improved instruments. Mr. Patterson kindly gave me permission to use the data obtained by the steamer Blake, in preparing my paper. The Coast Survey deals only in facts, and the superintendent told me that any theories advanced, must be my own. I shall, however, present you the facts and leave you to draw the conclusions.