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At yesterday's meeting of the Harbor Board it was resolved, on Mr Wales's motion—" That clause 13 of the Works Committee's report be adopted, except that it be left optional, as circumstances result, whethor 16ft be the fixed depth for dredging. And that the Works Committee be authorised to have the necessary plant put in repair by tender and the work of dredging in the shoal parts of the channel resumed. And that the Committee further consider and report as to tho advisableness of completing the construction of the Cargill mole by tender in sections." The following estimate by Mr Stephens, inspector of works, as to cost of dredging in the Victoria Channel was laid on the table in connection with the chairman's statement :

Having been in Port Chalmers I only roeeived your memo, of yesterday's (Wednesday) date this morning, and the time at my disposal will only allow me to prepare an estimate very approximately. And in doing so I may remark that in estimating the quantities to be dredged in order to secure a given depth in tho channel, I have invariably found that a considerable margin should be allowed for the material disturbed (but not lifted by the buckets) drifting into tho cut, and reducing the depth after the dredge has passed over the ground. In the following estimate I have kept that in view : Quantity to be Lifted to Secure a Minimum Depth of 16ft at Low Water, with a Bottom Width of 70ft— Cubic Yards. Between Kllgour Point and Pile 3 .. 6,533 „ Piles 9 and 7 .. .. 14,668 „ Piles 6 and 4 .. .. 11,500 „ Piles 3 and A .. .. 6.600 Steamers' Basin 7,700 Total 46,899 Say, 46,000 cubic yards at Is 6d, L 3.450; expenditure (upon plant) as per previous estimate, L 860; total, L 4.310.

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HARBOR BOARD., Issue 8053, 1 November 1889

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HARBOR BOARD. Issue 8053, 1 November 1889

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