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THE SRVJRN NAVIGATION. I

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THE SRVJRN NAVIGATION. I REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE AND ENGINEERS. At the annual general meeting of the Severn i Commission, which will be held on Monday, the 13th of August, the report of the committee of works and finance and general purposes and also the report of the engineer to the Severn Commissioners will be read. The report of the committee states, the time for which Mr. Ed- ward Dimmack Marten was tempoarily ap- pointed engineer to the commission being 1, nearly at an end, the committee, at their meet- ing on the 23rd of June, 189'i, unanimously appointed him as engineer, to discharge the same duties, as his late father, Mr. Henry John Marten, C.E., and on the terms and at the i enumeration he held that office. The sum of -030,000, authorised by the Act of 1890 to be borrowed for the works thereby sanctioned, has been received, and nearly the whole has been expended on such works. The tolls received during the year ending June 30 last are J652 4s. 6d. less than in the previous year, attributed to the coal strike last autumn. The expectations as to a large increase of traffic from the additional depth of water obtained had not yet been realised. The satisfactory completion of the impiovemcuts authorised by the Act of 1590, it is hoped, will enable the merchants and traders of Cardiff and others inte rested in the navigation to bring ci on the river the additional traffic which the committee were led to anticipate. It is urged by many of the traders that the West- l gate Bridge at Gloucester is such an obstacle to the passage of vessels suitable for the traue of the Bristol Channel and the River Severn that it is absolutely necessary the bridge should be converted into a swing bridge. The com- mittee were prepared to obtain powers for, and to carry out, such an alteration on being pro- I vided with the moneys required for payment of the cost of the necessary application to Parlia- ment, and for carrying out the work. The com- mittee are informed that endeavours are being continued to form a oompa-ny for providing vessels, specially designed, for trading on- the Severn to and from ports in the Bristol Channel, and so constructed as to pass under West-gate Bridge, but such vessels are not yet forthcoming. A Provisional Order has been made- by the Board of Trade prescribing the maximum toils and charges to be'taken and made on the River Severn, and various regulations applicable to the traffic thereon. The tolls mentioned in the' Order are the same as those payable under the Severn Navigation Acts, except- that the ioll of 0'40d. per ton per mile is substituted for 0 50d per ton per mile, heretofore payable for traffic between Diglis (Worcester) and Stourport-, and on the other hand, a small toll is made payable for empty boats passing through a, lock, and a. ¡ slight addition is made to the toll for short dis- tances. Applications continued to be made to the committee to join in fixing through rates for certain traffic passing over the River Severn and canals communicating therewith. The committee have caused application to be made to the mortgagees of the commissioners to authorise the committee to agree on through rates, and to make any necessary reductions in the tolls for ordinary traffic, which they may consider fair and reasonable, to meet reductions in the tolls on the canals over which such through traffic may pass. An abstract of accounts for the year ending June 30, 1894, show the total expenditure to be LS,156 5s. Td., which is met by receipts amounting to 89,n6 Os. 9d. THE ENGINEER'S REPORT. The engineer, in his report, states that the locks and other works have been maintained in good order and condition during the past year. Since the last annual meeting the vi dredging of the navigable channel of the River Severn to the minimum depth of 10ft., from Gloucester to Worcester Bridge, had been com- pleted, and there was now an excellent travel- ling waterway between those places at low summer level for the class of vessel for which the works were designed, namely, a vessel 135ft. long, 2.1ft. beam, and 8|ft. draft- In the ordinary state of the water this draft might be somewhat exceeded, but it should be borne in mind that in times of extreme drought the water on Diglis Lock lower sill had been known to fall as low as 9ft. 4in., and that the bottoms of the leeks were in the form of flat inverted arches. iTn to the present time ho trader had taken advantage of the improved waterway. The West-gate Bridge at Gloucester continued to be a, bar to the passage to Worcester of sea- going vessels, unless of special construction. The engineer considers that the converting of the bridge into an opening bridge would be a most desirable improvement. The daily and monthly compensation water had during the past year been regularly and properly dis- charged from the Výnnvy Reservoir of the Liverpool Corporation, in accordance with the requirements of Parliament."

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