The Story of an African Seaport, Being the History of the Port and Borough of Durban, the Seaport of Natal

The Story of an African Seaport, Being the History of the Port and Borough of Durban, the Seaport of Natal

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... depend on the prospects of trade and the capital available, but we may be permitted to point out that it is wise, under Buch conditions as obtain at Durban, to provide accommodation in advance of the wants of a rapidly-growing traffic, rather than to endeavour to overtake them. It thus appears to us that the best mode of constructing the inner works is that an annual sum should be placed at the disposal of the Engineer, the amount of which sura would, of course, be settled from time to time by the Government; and the Engineer will then be able, under the instructions of the Government, to adopt the concrete mode of construction, or timber, for walls considered necessary in view of the estimated times in which the work may have to be completed. We prefer to give no estimate of our own of the costs of any of the above-mentioned inner works, as we feel sure that your engineer, Mr. Crofts, has far more knowledge of the costs of materials and labour at Durban, and all attending circumstances, than we have. In conclusion, we desire to express orr thanks to Mr. Peace for the courtesy and goodwill with which he has met our enquiries, and to Mr. Crofts for the readiness with which he has placed at our service the large amount of information he possesses relevant to the question at issue. CHAPTER XI. The Point--The First Railway in Africa--Water Police--Customs Officials--Addington. tHE stranger who lands for the first time on the wharf of Natal's seaport will find considerable difficulty in realising that he is not in an old-established country, for everything around him speaks of solid and established prosperity, while at the same time it will be equally hard for him to grasp the fact that so few years ago the place was a barren wilderness, held by...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236607813
  • 9781236607812