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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

Floating Basin

Floating Basin.

I presume the construction of the floating-basin is not considered at present, and it is left over for the future. This would be a much safer and more commodious loading place than the wharves and staiths on the river bank, and if it is made in the near future it may be then found that the staiths and wharves on the river bank will become disused and the money spent on them lost.

I think it would be advisable when the extension of the staiths and wharf is completed, to wait and see whether the accommodation provided is not sufficient for the coal trade of the next few years. The fact of a permanent increase of coal traffic would then be a sufficient justification for proceeding with the construction of the floating-basin as shown on the plan recently sent out by Sir John Coode.