THAMES NEWS. FISHERMEN'S CO-OP. SOCIETY.
FORMAL OPENING OF WORIKS
There was a good attendance at the' extensive buildings of the. Thames Fishermen's Cb-operative Society yesterday when the formal opening ceremony took place.
A sjjlendid job has been made of the building andl plant and the high' est praise is due to: the members of the society for their enterprise and energy and to the following: Mtessars Harvey and Kidd, who erected' the building; Mven and Ckx, who installed'the plant; J. Pratt, who laid the foundations; .i'udld and Clo., who installed the water power, etc.; and A. Diamond, who supervised 1, the construction of the insulating rooms and the insulating of the ice-tank.
The opening ceremony was/ performed by the Mayor (Mr H. Lowe) and proved very successful, the owner's receiving many congratulations and wishes foi( their future success.
iA,s stated the building is an extensive one, the flooi' space occupied! b«ing 65i't by 45ft. It is built of rimu' framing and corrugated iron, the floor is constructed rf concrete with a slope towards the large water drain that traverses 1 the building, aafd so that no objectionable matter will realcih the s-treet there is a well and a screen at the mouth of the pipe leading to fche concrete drain in Queen street. There are two insulating raomis, each 20ft by 12ft, one being the freezing chamber while the other is the cooling chamber. The motive power is supplied, by a large pelton wheel, which will give abon.it 20 horse power, and this is connected by belting to the refrigerating machine, which' is capable of making three tons- ci ice per clay. This machine is a Lindo British. Refrigerator,- which is now nianufa^ttured by Messrs J. J. Niven, of Napier; and) has been installed by one of the firm's, engineer. Alongside is the icie tank, -which has a capacity of two tons of itee. The water from the pelton flows into an open concrete drain, and this, aM stated before, runs through the building.to the street. Opposite are the smoke rooms, each 16ft ibjy sft, while at the Western end of the.building is the office, measuring 12ft by 10ft. There ia room' at the Western' end of the building for another insulating ahaanber, and this will be constructed when the fcsiness of the company w'arralnts it. The whole of the plant is constructed on the most modern principles, end is a credit to the makers amd the enterprising owners.
Therte is a bctoird of nine directors —Messrs Hool (chairman), Obioat, 'Reddish, HWe (2), Gv Reid 1, Pennd, Clock, and B'atemian —'and Mr W. A. Clioat, is the sedrtetalry. There are 17 supply boats, so tb.at the output of the new woiflcs should! be considcirable.
In front of a i'o\v of tables, tastefully decWated. and containing a
goodly quantity of edibles and drinkables, stood tho Mayer and Mayoress 1, together with the„ fishermen associated with the wiorks and a large gathering of friends and the general public.
Mb.' H. 'G. Hool, in calling on the. Mayor to perform the opening ceremony, stated 1 that the object of the fishermen connected with the works was to co-operate- for their mutual advantage, provide a regular supply of fish to the publici at reasonable rates, and to show by their enterprise, by securing regular supplies, and by attention tc the requirements of the public, that the project was worthy of support. ■
Mh' H. Liowe (Mayor) commended the efforts of the Thames fishermen associated with the -works in their efforts in the direction 1 of co-opera-tion, and said that wlrile there were other private businesses at- Thames of a> similai' nature the demand for fish was such (hat there was oinplo lioom for aao.thcV. Ho spoke of the vftlue of co-opera-tion, and! instanced the splendid Work done by the fanners of New Zealand in the matter of co-operation. ■■ Tho quality of the Thames fish was fully redognised throughout the North Island and elsewhere, and the supply was practically inexhaustible. At Some great progress had been made at iGrims-by and Hull, and while he thought that the waters of the HauraJci Gulf should tiontmito to be immune from tho trawler, ho thought that with the fine motor boats and the up-to-date methodls "of the fishermen a regulair supply of fish was always available. He commended the fisihermlen' for 1 their enterprise, and wished them every success in their important undertaking, in the hapiw business blending of luibonr and capital.
Mirs Lowe then turned on the Watei' for the pelton, and soon the ice-making machinery waa in motion. Aa the flywheel fbegain to revolve, and the handsome horizontal engine commenced to work the Mayor called for three cheers for the Thames Fishermen's Co-oper'atm* Society. The ca!l was heartily responded to, and the formal prodeeoings ended. Those present were then hospitably entertained, a special word of praise being due to the ladies for the manner in Avhich they attended) to the various requirements of those present.
Owing to the non-arrival of -parts of machinery, the works will not 1* open for further business until Thursday, Ofctobef sth.
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