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On Wednesday afternoon the Mayor, Councillors, and Engineer and a nuin ber of citizane coogregated at the shore cod of Daly's wharf, Akaroa., to watch tho first; pile being driven into position. Mr Potvrie, the con tractor, hag obtained his motive power in driving the monkey from the Council's electric light schenre, using a 5 h p. motor to lift; tho weight Everything was got in readiness on Wednesday afternoon, and the Mayor {Mr G. Armstrong), pulled the trigger releasing the monkey for the first tap on the pile. After the pile had received a fow blows, the motor was stopped, and the Mayor addressed thosa present. He eaid that be wae glad to see the first pile of the new wharf driven into* the ground. It was another step in the progress of Akaroa. The old .wharf bad been built mainly by Mr James Daly, whence it got its name. It was built there to be close to Mr Daly's warehouse, which was on the site of the Peninsula Technical School. In the old days it bad been used for the transport of timber from the sawmills. Of late the wharf bad been very un sife, and the Council bad decided to rebuild it mainly for the convo nience of tourists. The wharf would ooefc £800, but the ratepayers of the borough would not have to pay a farthing towards the cost of erection, the interest and sinking fund of the loan being paid out of wharf dues He ramarked the good position ot Akaroa ratepayers being so lightly rated, The borough was progressing very rapidiy, and he was sure that the rebuilding of this wharf was only another step towards the coming of that time when Akaroa would be the first tourist reBorfc of Canterbury. He was certain all public-spirited people in the town would be pleased to see a good up todate wharf erected. Pie hoped soon to see the new wharf at the other end of tho town taken out to deeper water, and to accommodate larger ships, There were many complaints from excursionists in the Wahine and Maori at the loss of time through transit; by tender. The traffic did not warrant' the expenditure yet, but the time wa bound ?o come. With a laiger what) t) accommodate ships and a light rail-1

way to Barry's Bay, A karoo, would ba abloto accommodate a very large nunu ber of visitors. Ho was also glad to see electric light scheme pub into use that day for the supply of power. Finally, he wished the con tractor every succesß in his under taking. The health of the conductor and succesa of the wharf wa3 then drunk.

Mr Powrie, the contractor, replied very briefly to the Mayor. He said he appreciated all the kind remarks very much, but he wa3 nob a speaker. Perhaps at the end of the bonfcrac , ; b.9 would make a better speech if "he found the work very profitable. There has been a great deal of dia cns : ion about the line of rhn wharf. The pier does not run straight in a line s\i h the street, but runs in a southwesterly direction. The engineer (Mr W. 0. Wilkins) explained the reason of this curve. It appeaiß that, if the wba>f is run straight out for .the same hcgth of pier two feet lefs water is obtained. The result would bo that at low tide the steps of the straight wharf would draw only three feet, as against five feet for the curved wharf. Another objection to the straight wharf is the fact that the further due west the wharf was carried the shal lower the water would be, while the curved off part could easily be leng thened to get into deep water. Three jfeet of water is'too small a draft to allow even for motor launches which use this wharf.

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DALY'S WHARF., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 30 January 1914

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DALY'S WHARF. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 30 January 1914

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