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Fishguard as a Port of Call Antony Arrived; Ambrose Expected The Booth liner Anthony," homeward bound from the Brazils, Madiera, and West European ports to Liverpool, put into Fish- guard Harbour on Friday morning for the purpose of disembarking passengers and bagg- age bound for the Metropolis, the Midlands, and the Southern Counties. During the winter months, the number of passengers taking advantage of local facilities has been somewhat small, but last week's ex- perience appears to indicate that this was merely a passing phase, attributable chiefly to climatic conditions, and that, with the advent of warmer weather the new route will prove as popular as heretofore. We have aforetime commented upon the fact that Rosslare is equipped with a prac- tically unnecessary Marconi Station, whereas Fishguard, where it would be particularly useful, is devoid of any such facility, and this fact appears to have been realised by the G.W.R. Company, for, on this occasion ar- rangements had been made for the Antony to radiate her whereabouts to the former port, whence they were conveyed by cable- gram and land wire to the latter. By these means the officials on duty were able with a fair amount of accuracy to prognosticate the probable time of the vessel's arrival without the necessity of awaiting the telephonic ad- vice from Strumble Head lighthouse, which, in itself, is quits an innovation. The official figures relating to the arrival are as follows :—The "Amony" left Cher- bourg at 12.50 p.m. on Thursday was sight- ed off the Lizard at 12.35 a.m. the following day; signalled from Strumble at 10.50; sighted off the breakwater at 11.30; entered the harbour at 11-35 tender left quay at 11.45 was alongside the liner at 11.55 left again at 12.7 p.m.; and reached quay at 12.13, with 32 passengers and a heavy amount of baggage. The Customs' examination was expedi- tiously effected by Messrs Leith (Goodwick) and Thomas (Llanelly), and at 12.40 p.m. the Ocean Express steamed out of the station with 28 passengers for Paddington, and two for Cardiff-the only intermediate stop. Of the other passengers, one, bound for Lampeter, travelled by the special provid- ed for the use of Mr A Christison (Loco' Snpt., Neath), and the other left by the 2.35 turbine boat for Rosslare. In addition to Mr Christ- ison, aforementioned, the arrangements, which worked without a hitch, were in the hands of Mr C I Davidson (Steamboat Supt.), Capt. Sharpe (Marine Supt.), Mr J Rees, (Divisional Supt., Swansea), and Mr Charles Bowen (Station and Quay Supt). Capt E Davies was in command of the tender, Sir Francis Drake." The Ambrose" belonging to the same line will call on Monday, and, inasmuch as she is due in the Mersey on the same date, it is extremely probable that her advent may be anticipated at a somewhat early hour. FUTURE OF THE OCEAN QUAY. For some considerable period past opera- tions upon the Ocean Quay have been practically at a standstill, and the impression has got abroad that, following the apparent failure of the negotiations with the Elder Dempster Line, the whole scheme had fallen through, or, at the least, been indefinitely postponed. We are now, however, in a position to state that such is very far from being the case and that, if the plans for the immediate future may be accepted as any criterion, the date when Atlantic liuers will berth along- side the quay, without the necessity of em- ploying a tender otherwise than 4n the capacity of a tug, are not far distant. Already telephone wires have been erected leading from the quay to both the Harbour and Goodwick Stations, and arrangements are now being carried out for establishing communication by these means with each department upon the local system. Furthermore, the radius of some of the curves of the permanent way leading to the quay has been considerably modified, thus doing away with the necessity, hitherto ex- isting, of loosening coupling bolts ere it was possible for a train to negotiate them. The chief indication of a bright future lies, however, in the intimation that the erection of the wooden super-structures (including booking-office, waiting-room, Customs'-house, etc.), is to be commenced next week. The potential advantages of Fishguard as a recognised port of call for Atlantic liners bound' for west coast ports have never been lost sight of by those responsible for the inception and carrying out of the scheme of making a capacious and deep water harbour on one of the finest bays bordering the Irish sea. The possibilities in this connection may even be regarded as ar asset of a national character, as, by making Fishguard the first port of call for ocean traffic from New York, passengers and mails would reach London several hours earlier than at present. In this age of time- saving and record-breaking of every descrip- tion such a result would be of marked benefit to the business men of both countries The comparison of distances from New York to the various ports are as follows:— Nautical miles. New York to Fishguard 2,902 „ „ Plymouth 2,957 „ „ Liverpool 3,017 „ „ Southampton 3,077 I he present proposals for extending the ex- isting accommodation and works necessary for the completion of the scheme will give a clear waterway 500 feet wide, with a depth of 40 feet at low tides. This, together with the berthing facilities to be provided, shows how eminently suitable this harbour can be made for the reception of large ocean liners. The natural advantages of the new port are most exceptional and these, together with the ac- commodation and facilities provided by the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Har- bours Company, are becoming widely known in the shipping world. We may, therefore, anticipate that in the near future it will be no uncommon thing for other large liners besides the Booth boats to regularly call at Fishguard for the purpose of landing passen- gers and mails.

Mamre C.M. Chapel, Trecwn.…

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