Back to the Bridge. Plainly any interference with the supply
of materials could seriously affect production at FCL and the
Petition sets out their arguments against what they, and others,
saw as an ill-conceived project. The "others" included
more County and local Councils, Chambers of Shipping, Railway
Companies who obviously had an axe to grind, also the very
powerful Humber Conservancy Board. The Humber Conservancy Act
gave the Board wide powers that they still have and still use.
Barton land and property owners were apprehensive and the minor
sloop and keel owners feared interference with their livelihoods.
The main objections were:
At the time this construction was proposed, the river was a
hive of activity, sloops and keels under sail, powered barges,
seagoing vessels moved up and down particularly at the time of
High water. I condensed this article from notes I prepared for a
talk on the subject, for there is much of local interest in this
proposal. It may be thought that Mr Freeman took on board much
that he had learned about the river and the problems involved in
Bridging it when he came to be concerned in the construction of
the present Humber Bridge, even so he and his Company still had
many problems to solve.
In 1937 the question of the Bridge was raised again, this time a Suspension Bridge but, of course, war clouds loomed and there the matter rested.
I will add one note about the dangers of this river. In about 1935, or so, I am not sure of the date, a distant water trawler, the Edgar Wallace, came back from the fishing grounds and when manoeuvring to enter the Fish Dock at Hull the vessel was rolled over by the fierce flowing tide, when it struck a sandbank that had built up in the River during the relatively short time they had been away on the fishing grounds and was, therefore, not known to them. The vessel was sunk with the loss of lives in sight of many waiting for it to berth.
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