The Syren & Shipping Illustrated Volume 2

The Syren & Shipping Illustrated Volume 2

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...goes without saying, seeing that it costs more to transport a ton of merchandise by rail between two proximate towns in England, than it does to carry it across the bosom of the North Atlantic. The canals are a natural antidote to railway monopolies, but to our disgrace, be it said, many of our inland waterways are fit for little else than the transportation of toy boats. Moreover, the different gauges, depths and locks, is such that it is a matter of physical impossibility to transport merchandise from one port of the Empire to the other by inland waterways, without rendering necessary numerous transhipments, which, of course, materially add to the cost of waterway transportation. How different is the British policy upon this subject to that obtaining in France, in Germany, in Holland, in Belgium, and in Austria, where it is a canon of commercial economics that water transport is cheaper than that of rail. Where we can carry for a limited distance tens of tons, our German and French rivals can carry their tens or hundreds of tons for ten times the distance which is possible along our English canals. This is a very grave reproach, and one which is altogether opposed to the stirring cry of "Wake up, England!" It therefore behoves us, as thinking men, observant of the grave stress of foreign competition, to realise that of even more importance than the development of foreign markets is the provision of cheap means of transport between the ports and manufacturing centres which lie in our midst. ' I 'HE manning of the British Mercantile Marine is ai problem which, like the poor, is always with us. Ve have divers sorts of suggestions thrown out upon the subject, all of which are, according to their promoters, a panacea for the...
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  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 31mm | 1,057g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236942469
  • 9781236942463