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HARBOR BOARD., Issue 7950, 4 July 1889
Published at 5.30 p.m.
A Bpecial meeting of the above, held this afternoon, was attended by Messrs J, B. Thomson (chairman), E. B. Cargill, J. Carroll, J. T. Mackerras, W. Wardrop, S. Myers, Captain Sinclair.
TIIK lilU UKKIM.!!!. The Secretary said that in connection with the proposal to send Drcdgo JNo. 222 under charter for twelve months to tho Melbourne Harbor Trust, tho Marine Underwriters' Association had written hnn protesting against seuding the dredge to Melbourne. They said that they viewed with dissatisfaction tho proposal to send the dredge from New Zealand waters, especially when thero wcro many works which required tho presence hero of a large dredge. They suggested that the Government of New Zealand should be approached for tho purpose of purchasing tho dredge and keeping her handy ; that was to say, placing her in J Homo suitublo position iu rcadiucus to work wherever she might be required. I lowovcr, a deputation would that afternoon wait on the Board and lay tho underwriters' opinions before them. The Chairman thought that the tenor of the letter was rather dictatorial. It seemed as though the deputation wcro trying to make out that they possessed a great deal more seitso than the Board. If they could give tho Board any usoful advice, however, it would be the best thing to introduce the deputation. Tho deputation—consisting of Messrs Edgar, Mallard, Brindlcy, and Cuningham Smith—were then introduced.
Mr Edgar said that the Marine Underwriters' Association learned with regret the proposal of the Board to send the dredge out of the colony, and they were greatly dissatisfied at the Board's decision. Somo time back tho captains of the Homo steamers the Doric and lonic had waited upon him as chairman of tho Underwriters' Association, and complained of the formation of a bank in tho lower channel. They had stated that there was a danger of grounding on the mole, and the danger was greatly increased when there was a high wind blowing. If, as the deputation were led to believe, the Board had made definite arrangements for sending the big dredge away, would they not expend some of tie mentva received from her charter by the Melbourne Trust in dredging that part of the Lower Harbor which they had previously stated was shoaling? The Association did not desire the harlor to be rated as a second-class one; they recognised it as a first-class one at present, and charged firßt-class rates. On the matter of dredging the Lower Harbor, he would like the Bench to express an opinion or take some action whereby the source of present annoyance and trouble would be removed.
Mr Smith wanted to know if the B;ard could remove the mole complained of before the dredge left our shores? The Chairman replied that Dredge No. 222 was really of no use in dredging that particular portion of the harbor. The Board had found that out, and to show that they were paying as much attention to the state of the harbor as were the underwriters, he might state that the harrows were at present working at the spot. The Association had forwarded letters to the Board, which, if some of the member? of the former body had asked the Board for a little information, would never have been written. There was one little lump,_ but the harrows were working that, and it would soon be removed. None of the Home steamers had ever grounded in our harbor. The underwriters at Lyttclton had to cope with more disadvantages than the Association here, but they kept their months shut: while tho underwriters here seemed to endear or t > create as much nt i te as possible. Mr Mullird thought that tho discussion should not resolve itself into a personal matter. The deputation had waited on the Board in a freo and open manner. An informal discussion then ensued, and the deputation withdrew, after receiving the promiso of the Board to act with regard to tho matter complained of. Tiio Secretary stated that the following cablegram had been received by liim from Mr Mourit/., secretary of tho Melbourne Harbor Truat:—" What do you estimate cost, including insurance, of voyage?" Ho had replied: " Will acceptLsoo wedcliver,"and to that Mr Mourit/. had answered : " Accept offer .subject to approval of the toiniH ol your letter duo on WeJiicaday." Tho terms upon which tho dredge would bo despatched were that the Board would place tbo dredge in dock here, prepare her for tho voyage without delay, and deliver her at Melbourne, while the Trust would deliver here. Tho charter amount would be L 6.000, which would be payable in twelve monthly instalments of LSOO. The Trust would have to bear half the cost of fitting the dredge out, and half of insurance and delivery of same at Melbourne. They would havo to return the dredge in good order and condition, and dock her twice during the period of lease. There would also be a value of L 40,000 placed on the dredge, which the Trust would have to secure, eo that if they decided to purchase at the end of the term there would be no difficulty. After discussion, it was decided to cable to Melbourne for particulars of insurance, where the policy would be taken out if a favorable answer was received, and to remove the mole complained of by the Underwriters' Association by means of the hopper dredge before she was docked. The meeting then terminated.
HARBOR BOARD., Issue 7950, 4 July 1889
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