Waterways and Maritime Works Volume 2

Waterways and Maritime Works Volume 2

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...and drawing up to 4 feet of water, might pass to and from the quay at Glasgow. As the result of this report, the magistrates, in 1759, obtained the first Act of Parliament for the improvement of the river, the scheme embracing the 12 miles of river extending from Glasgow down to Dumbuck, a point about half-way between Bowling and Dumbarton Castle, where there existed the lowest down ford, with only 2 feet of depth at' low water. The then state of the river is very interestingly described in the words of the preamble of the Act, viz., that it is " so very shallow in several parts thereof that boats, lighters, barges, or other vessels, cannot pass to and from the city of Glasgow, except it be in the time of flood, or high water at spring tides." Fortunately for Glasgow and the river, Smeaton's proposal was not carried out, and, in 1768, the magistrates consulted another notable engineer, John Golborne, of Chester, who gave them better advice. Golborne reported that the river was still " in a state of Nature." He found that it was much too broad for its depth, and his advice was to contract the width by running out jetties from either bank, whereby the strength of the current would be so increased that the channel would be scoured deeper, and, at those places where the bed was too hard for the current to operate upon, he intended that the hard gravel and stones should be removed artificially. By this means, he conceived that the river might be deepened, so as to have 4, or perhaps 5, feet depth up to Glasgow; and he concluded his report by stating that he estimated the cost of the suggested work would be the modest sum of 8,640. In passing, it may be mentioned that under Golborne's directions a series of levels throughout the river were...
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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236663292
  • 9781236663290