Cassier's Engineering Monthly Volume 50

Cassier's Engineering Monthly Volume 50

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...some benefit. Another important line which has made no small amount of progress of late is the La Ceiba-Yoro, designed to assist the development of the extremely rich banana lands that are here met with, as well as the rice fields and sugar estates situated in the same district. It is hoped that when this line is finished and in full operation it may be possible to induce some British steamship Company to make regular calls at La Ceiba, which would prove of inestimable benefit to British trade and save what remnant remains from the clutches of the United States. Survey work has been carried out on the proposed line of railway between the port of Tela, on the Gulf of Honduras, and El Progreso; but so far construction has not been commenced. Hand-in-hand with railway development will have to go improvement in loading and unloading facilities at the ports. In one of them--Amapala, the principal port of entry--there is not to be found any sort of modern equipment. Every single bale of goods has to be carried from the shore on the shoulders or backs of the lightermen, who, with their trousers rolled up above the knees, wade through some hundred feet of surf to the lighters, and these, when loaded, are rowed or towed to the ocean-going vessel lying about two miles out. At some ports, however, the lighters can be brought to within some 25 feet of the shore, when all heavy baggage or stores are carried to land on the backs of men. On the other hand, the port of Cortez has a modern, well-built pier, carried out into deep water, steamers coming along the side and being met by the railway of the National road running to San Pedro Sula and Pimienta, at present forming the terminus of the line. Puerto Cortez, it may be mentioned, is considered one of...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 363g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236762991
  • 9781236762993