I Milford Docks Company.|1898-09-07|Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph and General Weekly Reporter for the Counties of Pembroke Cardigan Carmarthen Glamorgan and the Rest of South Wales - Welsh Newspapers Online
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I Milford Docks Company. I ANNUAL MEETING. I THE PROPOSED CANADIAN LINE OF STEAMERS. The half-yearly ordinary meeting of the Milford Docks Company was held at the company's offices, Cornhill, London, on Wednesday. Mr C. E. Newton, chairman of the company, in pro- posing the adoption of the report and accounts, drew attention to the circular which had been sent out by a section of the A shareholders, and the trouble to which the board would be put in replying thereto. The circulars had been issued, he urged, under a misappre- hension of the intentions of the board, and the replies he hoped would be such that they would have heard the last of the controversy. By the replies he hoped the malcon- tents had been enlightened, and that the board would now receive full support in the propositions which they had to lay before the shareholders. They were perfectly certain these propositions would stand the test of exam- ination, and show that there was a great future before the Milford Docks Company. It had, however, been necessary to drop the causes from the Bill which they promoted in Parliament relating to the proposed American steamship company. The circulars to which he had referred threw some doubt on the advisability of going on with that part of t h h d u f _I a ly a.t that very moment the Spanish-American war broke out, and the agreement which had been entered into could not possibly have been carried through at the time. The necessity was therefore forced upon them of withdrawing the clauses referred to. Although the proposed line might be said to be in abeyance, it was far from being abandoned. The party with whom he had made the agreement was at present in America, and before he went away he said, I shall not come back until our American steamship company is formed." Should he come back, he had no doubt the board would have the cordial co- operation of all the stock holders in carrying through the proposed arrangements and passing the Bill with all its clauses. After a severe fight they had got their Bill through both Houses although they had to regret the opposition of the National Provident Institution, who through their council expressed the opinion that "it is time the Milford Docks Company was swept away"—a sentiment which was urged with all the force which counsel could use; but he was happy to say, after hearing his (the chairman's) evidence, their Lordships were unanimous in giving the further time asked for, and he hoped the future would show that the—he would not say position of lukewarmness shown by the National Provident Institution in supporting them would prove that that institution was inclined to work with them in furthering the future prosperity of Milford Docks. This result he attributed to the severe fight which they had had in the Committees of the two Houses. He men- tioned that he had been in consultation with Mr Peterson (of Messrs Peterson, Tate, and Co.), and his opinion was that Milford Haven was a port which no sailor would hesitate to use in preference to any other port that was capable of accommodating the large transatlantic liners. Mr Peterson was astonished that the Great Western Railway should allow the Milford Docks to be dormant; and Mr Wilkinson, manager of the Great Western Rail- way, said, when the matter was put to him, that Milford sooner or later-probably sooner —would become the port for dealing with the extensive oversea traffic which the Great Western would have to accommodate. The para- graph in the report, to the effect that the company had grounds for expecting the early conclusion of negotiations by which an important line of steamers for passengers and cargo would be established to run between a Canadian port and Milford Docks, with through booking arrange- ments between the railway systems of Canada and America and the Great Western Railway of England, had been inserted with the approval of the Great Western Railway board. It was expected that when the anthracite coal mines of Johnston, to be worked by Mr David Evans, of Swansea, and a number of Glamorgan- shire coalowners, were opened they would send 1,000 tons of coal through the docks per day. All they could do at present was to wait. However, even if they did secure the transatlantic traffic, they would be able to find accommodation for their fish traffic, which was increasing daily, showing an excess for this half-year of X290 14s over the corresponding period of last year. Mr Sidney Phipson seconded the motion. Mr Radford, of the Milford Haven Railway and Estate Company, Limited, said the chairman seemed to think that his company was antagonistic to the Docks Com- pany. That was not so, and he assured the Chairman that whatever he could do to further the welfare of this company he would do his utmost to carry through. The report was then adopted.

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