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NEW PLYMOUTH, October 23. At a meeting of the Harbor Board to-day, the report on New Plymouth Harbor by Sir John Coode and Mr J. Blackett was read. The first part consists of a review of Mr Blackett's previous report; then comes the consideration of the sand growth, and ends with recommendations. With regard to the last, Sir John Goode says that the wall built by prison labor from shore to Mikotohi, which was recommended by Mr Blackett to prevent the sand from travelling round the head of the breakwater, is to be stopped, and its continuation to Lion Rock abandoned. Sir John Goode thinks that the sand has not been drifting, and that some of the differences whioh have been attributed to the deposit of sand are due to discrepancies in soundings, which are to some extent inevitable when fixing the position of isolated depths over such a large area as that of the original surveys, aud therefore recommends that the sand be dredged out by hopper dredges similar to those extensively used in Holland and in some of the French ports, The plant, he says, could be placed at New Plymouth ready for work for about LI I,OOC, and the cost of working would amount to about L 3,500 a year. Sir John Goode, in conclusion, recommends the employment of this dredge; its adoption, he says, would not be associated with operations of an experimental character, and satisfactory results can be confidently looked for from its employment. This would bo the means of affording accommodation for the vessels that trade in New Zealand. Sir John Coode and Mr Blackett strongly recommend that the mode of procedure they put forward for adoption should be approved. _____^_____

Twins.—2 much.

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NEW PLYMOUTH HARBOR WORKS., Issue 8045, 23 October 1889

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NEW PLYMOUTH HARBOR WORKS. Issue 8045, 23 October 1889

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