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WEAVER NAVIGATION.

(See WESTON POINT DOCKS, page 477.)

"HE River Weaver extends for 20 miles inland from Weston

Winsford, viâ Northwich, where the Salt Industry of Cheshire is centred. It is reached either from the Mersey through the Weston Mersey Lock, and thence across the Manchester Ship Canal and through the Weston Point Docks, free of charge ; or via the Manchester Ship Canal from its entrance at Eastham to and through the Weston Point Docks.

In the latter case (except the Mersey access is not of the statutory depth, when under an arrangement existing all Weaver traffic can pass free), Vessels arriving light or in ballast to load Salt outwards can, if under 450 tons gross reg., and carrying not more than 500 tons of Salt outwards, pass free of dues and tolls ; while Vessels with raw materials for the Potteries, if not exceeding 450 tons gross reg., and carrying not more than 500 tons, can pass along the Ship Canal on payment of half dues on ship and cargo.

The River Weaver is navigable for Vessels drawing not more than 10 ft. as far as Northwich (15 miles), and similarly for steamers which have funnels that will lower, thence on to Winsford (20 miles).

There is a connection with the Bridgewater Canal at Weston Point; and one with the Trent and Mersey Canal at Anderton (13 miles from Weston Point), by means of an Hydraulic Lift (50 ft. rise), by which Canal boats are transferred afloat with their cargoes.

The principal traffic on the navigation is :-In Exports, Salt, and Chemicals; Imports, Pottery Goods for Staffordshire, Grain, Ores, Timber, &c.

The Weston Point Docks have a water area of over 6 acres, and accommodate Vessels not exceeding 14 ft. draught on ordinary and 19 ft. on spring tides.

Tolls: White Salt, iod. per ton ; Rock Salt, 5d. per ton ; Coals, 4d. per ton for any distance. Other traffic according to mileage.

ERNEST S, INMAN,

GENERAL MANAGER, Țel, Ad.: Weaver, Northwich,

THE NORTH-EASTERN RAILWAY.

THE PORT OF HULL. Important to Shipowners, Merchants & Traders.

At the HULL DOCKS of the NORTH-EASTERN RAILWAY COMPANY there are :

9 Docks giving 110 acres of water space. 2 Timber Ponds with 39 acres of water space, 270 ACRES OF QUAYS AND LAND SPACE ADJOINING.

COMMODIOUS WAREHOUSES with HYDRAULIC ELEVATORS for the storage of Grain, Seed, and General Goods.

BONDED STORES and TRANSIT SHEDS for Tobacco, Wine, Spirits, and Dutiable Goods.

CRANES and MACHINERY for the shipment of all kinds of goods. SHEER LEGS for lifting heavy weights. 8 HYDRAULIC COAL HOISTS for the shipment of Coal.

JETTIES, QUAYS, and COMMODIOUS YARDS with Sidings, for the landing and storage of Timber and other goods.

A FOREIGN CATTLE DEPOT with lairage, slaughter houses and chilling rooms.

COLD STORAGE for 100,000 carcases of frozen Mutton, or a corresponding proportion of frozen Beef.

THE COMPANY'S GRAVING DOCK, an off-shoot from the Wm. Wright Dock, is 501 feet long, and its use can be obtained at moderate charges, and there is also a Slipway on the Humber foreshore for vessels up to 1,400 tons gross register.

From the Docks there is a regular and efficient service of steamers plying to coastwise and foreign Ports.

The Docks are likewise advantageously situated for dealing with traffic to and from all the principal manufactories in Hull.

WARRANTS are issued on the principal classes of goods stored in the Company's warehouses,

THE ST. ANDREW'S DOCK, allotted to the FISHING TRADE, is provided with landing wharf, Billingsgate, and Railway sidings, from which fish can be despatched to all parts of the country, and in connection with the extension of this Dock, 4 Slipways, each 175 ft. long, are provided for the repair of fishing vessels.

ICE MANUFACTORIES also exist at the Fish Dock and are a great convenience to the Fishing, &c., Trades.

THE NORTH-EASTERN RAILWAY COMPANY'S GOODS STATIONS lie within and immediately adjacent to the Docks and principal manufactories, and goods, whether for import or export, are efficiently and promptly dealt with thereat. To and from these stations an abundant train service operates, SPECIAL TRAINS BEING RUN AS REQUIRED FOR PERISHABLE TRAFFIC.

Fuller information as to trade facilities, charges for the use of the Docks, and the rates on goods, labourage, &c., can be obtained from

A. E, BALLAN, District Goods Manager, Hull, Telegraphie Address : “Ballan, Railway, Hull,"

THE NORTH-EASTERN RAILWAY.-Continued.

MIDDLESBROUGH DOCK,

MIDDLESBROUGH-ON-TEES,

The NEW ENTRANCE to this Dock is now open for the passage of vessels of 60 feet beam. Shortly the full width of the entrance-80 feet-will be available. The DEPTH OF WATER on the Dock Sill at Ordinary Spring Tides is 33 feet, and the River Tees is being dredged to the same depth. Meantime the depth of water on the River Tees at High Water Ordinary Spring Tides 'is 28 feet. The Dock has recently been ENLARGED, and most of the New Quayage is ready for traffic. When the Extension Works are completed there will be over 28 acres of Dock Space, and 6,700 feet of Lineal Quayage.

The Dock is in direct railway communication with all places in the United Kingdom. GOODS are transferred direct from Ship to Railway Truck, and vice versa, and excellent despatch is given to all description of traffic. By the provision of Steam, Hydraulic, and Electric Cranes the rapid discharge and loading of Cargoes has been ensured. Altogether there are 88 Crades already equipped for use, the lifting capacity of which varies from 35 cwts, to 30 tons, and 8 more Cranes are being provided.

QUICK-WORKING HYDRAULIC COAL HOISTS for the shipment of Cargoes of the renowned Durham Coal and Coke, and for the speedy and economical Bunkering of Steam Ships are available. There is commodious Transit Shed Accommodation for goods requiring cover, and there is extensive Open Storage for Rails, Plates, Pig Iron, Timber, &c. There is regular Steam Ship Communication from Middlesbrough to all parts, including the Baltic and other Continental Ports, and also to Ports in America, Australia, India, China, Japan, and South Africa.

Warrants are issued by the North-Eastern Railway Company for Goods stored with them. The Company also provide powerful Tugs to assist veesels to and from the sea. The Dock and Labourage Charges compare favourably with those at any other Port on the Coast, and particulars of theni, with other information required, can be obtained from

J. H. PATCHETT, Dock Agent, MIDDLESBROUGH, Telegraphic Address : “Patchett, Dock Office, Middlesbrough."

TYNE DOCK.

Tyne Dock, the property of the North Eastern Railway Company, is situate near South Shields, in the County of Durham, and affords a cheap and easy outlet for the produce of its very large coalfield. It is provided with special appliances for the rapid shipping of coal, the weight of which is about 7 million tons per annum. The work of shipping coal is continued throughout the night without extra charge.

Ředuced Dock Dues are charged on vessels taking bunker coal only, if the weight taken should not exceed one-half or two-thirds of the nett register of the vessel.

Hydraulic and other Cranes are placed all round the Dock, and cargoes of general merchandise are loaded & unloaded with the utmost despatch.

Large Warehouses for grain and general goods are provided, and unlimited ground space is available for timber and other things that are stored in the open air.

The Dock is in direct Railway communication with all places in the United Kingdom.

On the Sill of the New Entrance there is 32 feet of water at ordinary spring tides, and 27 feet at ordinary neap tides.

The Dock and Premises are lighted with electricity.
For further information apply to

J. M. HICKS, Dock Superintendent, Tyne Dock, Telegraphie Address : "Hicks, Railway, Tyne Dock,"

THE NORTH-EASTERN RAILWAY.-Continued. HARTLEPOOL & WEST HARTLEPOOL DOCKS.

To Merchants, Shipowners and Others.

The above-named Docks, the property of the NorthEastern Railway Company, afford every facility for the rapid discharge and loading of Vessels with any description of Merchandise by Electric, Hydraulic and Steam Power.

The Docks, Timber Ponds, Quay Space, Wood Yards and General Storage Ground cover an area of 350 acres, including Two Tidal Harbours of 64 acres, Six Docks of 84 acres, and Four Timber Ponds of 54 acres, the remainder, i.e., 150 acres, consisting of Timber and Deal Yards, Quay Space and Railway Sidings. The Quay accommodation has been considerably extended to meet the constantly growing traffic.

There are Five Graving Docks, the largest being 570 feet in length, and several large works in near vicinity for the repair of all classes of Ships and Engines. Sheer Legs are placed on the Quays capable of lifting weights up to 100 tons.

Vessels drawing up to 25 feet of water at Spring and 21 at Neap Tides, can enter and leave the Docks, at which a Fleet of powerful Sea-going Tugs are kept by the Company for the accommodation of the Port.

Extensive Warehouses for the reception of Grain and General Goods cover 3 acres of ground capable of storing 150,000 quarters of grain, exclusive of the Basement Floors, which are used for the storage of goods. They have also capital and dry Cellarage.

There is equally good accommodation in the Fish Market at the Tidal Harbour for the landing, packing and quick despatch of Fish by Rail or Cart, at all times of the tides.

An abundant supply of the renowned Durham Steam and House Coal can be obtained from Collieries within a short distance of the Port, and the most recent appliances are provided for its rapid shipment.

The Dock and Labourage Charges compare favourably with those at any other Port on the Coast.

Particulars of which and any other information required can be obtained from

G. NICHOLSON,
District Goods Manager,

WEST HARTLEPOOL. Telegraphic Address : "Nicholson, Railway, West Hartlepool."

GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY. PLYMOUTH DOCKS. TH HE Plymouth Great Western Docks are owned by and under the

management of the Great Western Railway Company. The Dcks cover the site of Mill Bay, close to the Plymouth (Millbay) terminus of the Great Western Railway. They occupy a position central to the towns of Plymouth, Devonport, and S:onebouse, and are most conveniently situated for the distribution of goods.

The Docks consist of a Floating Basin an Outer Harbour, and a Graving Dock,

The Floating Basin has a water area of 13 acres and a depth of water of 22 feet at spring tides. The entrance thereto is do feet wide, at which there are double gates worked by hydraulic.

The Outer Harbour has a water area of 35 acres. On its western side is a wharf 800 feet in length, with a depth of 24 feet of water alongside at low water orjinary springs. On its eastern side are two stone piers and a foaring pier with depths of water varying from 10 to 20 feet at low water ordinary springs.

The total length of the Dock quays and piers available for shipping amou to 6,010 feet, equal to over if miles.

The Graving Dock is entered sr. m the Fl ating Basin, and is 464 ft et in length by 95 feet in width. It has 22 feet of water over the blocks at spring tides and entrance gates 80 feet wide. Close by on the dock premises are several extensive shipwright ard engineering establishments.

Capacious sheds and warehouses bonded and free are erected all round the Docks, and double lir,es of railway along the quays in continuation of the Great Western Railway afford conncction with the Railway System throughout the Country.

The Docks are provided with steam cranes, steam hoists, and other appliances for the expeditious discharge of cargoes, and also with a 25 ton hydraulic crane for lifting heavy weights, and the Company's powerful tugs are always available for the towage of Vessels in or out.

The Great Western Railway Company undertake the reception, storage, and delivery of all cargoes consigned to their care at moderate rates.

The Great Western Railway Company have provided twin screw steam Tenders of the newest and most approved type for the landing and embarkation of Ocean mails, passengers and bullion, and have erected capacious Baggage Warehouses and Waiting Rooms close to the landing place in the Outer Harbour for the convenience of pas:engers and the clearance of baggage. From thence special Ocean passenger and mail trains are despatched direct.

The Company's servants perform all the work in connection with the landing, shipmen', and clearar ce of passengers’ luggage, and take charge of and forward by goods train or other conveyance any baggage lest in their care,

During the Summer season the Company's Mail Tenders, which are licensed by the Board of Trade as sea-going vessels, run daily excursions to places of interest along the coast of Devon and Cornwall, giving passengers, where practicable, the option of returning by rail.

All inquiries on shipping and dock matters should be addressed to Mr. James Rooney, the Dock Superintendent, and on Railway business to Mr. G. Grant, the Divisional Superintendent, or to Mr, E. A. SCAFÉ, the District Goods Manager at Plymouth.

J. C. INGLIS, December, 1904.

General Manager, Great Western Railway

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