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Report of improvements on navigable waters of the United States undertaken by municipalities, private corporations, or individuals in Boston, Mass., district, submitted in compliance with section 13 of the river and harbor act approved June 13, 1902.
Report of improvements on navigable waters of the United States undertaken by municipalities, private corporations, or individuals, etc.—Continued.
Report of inner harbors, or portions of rivers or inlets within shore lines or corporate city limits, or channels adjacent to wharves, improved by the United States. Submitted in compliance with section 13 of the river and harbor act approved June 13, 1902.
(Channel 200 feet wide, turning basin 300 $91,000.00 Project completed. by 500 feet, both 10 feet deep at mean low water; training wall.
Channel 200 feet wide, basin 300 by 500 feet, both 15 feet deep, mean low water. Channel 175 feet wide, 23 feet deep at mean low water.
Work not yet commenced. Unfinished; $18,027 expended.
Within corporate limits of cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Newton, Mass.
Within corporate limits of cities of Boston, Chelsea, and Revere, Mass.
Channel 150 feet wide, 18 feet deep at mean high water.
Channel 60 to 200 feet wide, 2 to 7 feet deep 125,000.00 Embraced in appropriations for improv
at mean low water.
ing harbor at Boston, Mass.; unfinished; $7,030.80 expended.
65,000.00 Embraced in appropriations for improv-
Work not yet commenced.
Basin 866 feet long, adjacent to wharves; to be redredged at cost of $4,000.
Channels 200, 150, and 100 feet wide, 6 feet 12, 171.38 Project completed.
(3) REPORT OF MAJ. GEORGE W. GOETHALS, CORPS OF ENGINEERS, NEWPORT, R. I., DISTRICT.
UNITED STATES ENGINEER OFFICE, Newport, R. 1., September 15, 1902. GENERAL: In compliance with Department letter of July 25, 1902, I have the honor to forward herewith report called for by that letter, giving the required information so far as it can be obtained.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Brig. Gen. G. L. GILLESPIE,
GEO. W. GOETHALS, Major, Corps of Engineers.
Chief of Engineers, U. S. A.
IMPROVEMENT OF NAVIGABLE WATERS BY MUNICIPALITIES,
CORPORATIONS, INDIVIDUALS, ETC.
Entrance to Herring River and Witchmere Harbor, Harwich, Mass.Light timber structures for jetties were built to prevent the sea from drifting the sand across the entrance. At Witchmere Harbor this was followed by the construction of a light stone wall on the westerly side. of the entrance, but the works as built were not sufficient to accomplish the desired result. This work was done by the town of Harwich. Hog Island, Falmouth, Mass.-The summer residents during the present summer have caused the channel to be excavated through the bar at its entrance, and a basin to be excavated in the rear of the breakwater which they had previously built.
Menemsha Inlet, towns of Gayhead and Chilmark, Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts.-At this inlet, which is on the boundary line between the towns of Gayhead and Chilmark, on the island of Marthas Vineyard, timber jetties were built in the year 1898 to confine the current and direct it at right angles across the bar at the entrance to the harbor. The following year these jetties were strengthened and repaired by a deposit of stone riprap around them. Up to the present time, in construction and maintenance, there has been expended the sum of $9,952. This work has resulted in fixing the channel in one place where formerly it had been constantly shifting. Up to the present time the current has maintained a channel with a navigable depth of 2 feet at mean low water. This work was done by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Entrance to Lake Anthony, Cottage City, Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts.In the town of Cottage City, on the island of Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts, in 1899, a new entrance was dug into what is known as Lake Anthony, and this entrance was protected by the construction of stone jetties projecting into the sound. Since that time a small amount of dredging has been done to improve the approach to the wharf which was built to the lake. In all, up to the present time there has been expended the sum of $24,290. The result of this work has been the construction and maintenance of a channel with a navigable depth of from 5 to 6 feet at mean low water leading to the anchorage, where there is a depth of from 6 to 9 feet at mean low water. This work was done by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
West Bay, Osterville, Mass.-In 1898 at West Bay, in the town of Osterville, a channel was excavated through the beach from Nantucket Sound into the bay, and timber jetties were built to protect the entrance. Since then these timber jetties have been strengthened with stone riprap. In all, the sum of $20,865 has been expended up to the present time, and it is now proposed to expend $7,500 more in enlarging the inner end of the channel through the bay. This work has resulted in the construction and maintenance of a channel with a navigable depth of from 3 to 4 feet between the jetties, and for a considerable distance up into the bay, the inner end of the channel having a depth of about 2 feet at mean low water. Work was done by the Commonwealth.
Lewis Bay, Hyannis, Mass.-In 1900 a channel 6 feet in depth at mean low water was excavated through the inner portion of Lewis Bay, at Hyannis, leading up to the wharves near the Yacht Clubhouse. The sum of $12,251 was expended on this work, which was done by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Witchmere Harbor, at Harwichport, Mass.-In 1899 this harbor was improved by the construction of a stone jetty on the westerly side of the entrance, and a timber jetty, with its outer end protected by stone riprap, on the easterly side. The current has slightly increased the depth of the entrance channel, so that there is now more than 1 foot of water in the channel at mean low water. The sum of $4,824 was expended on this work, which was done by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Bass River, between the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis, Mass.-At the present time the work of building timber jetties to protect and improve the mouth of Bass River is being carried on by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and it is estimated that about $22,000 will be expended on the work now in progress.
Apponegansett Harbor, Massachusetts.-The legislature of 1902, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, authorized the improvement of Apponegansett Harbor, on the western shore of Buzzards Bay, by the construction of a stone breakwater at its entrance, and made an appropriation of $30,000 for the commencement of the work.
Sakonnet River, Rhode Island.-New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company has deepened and widened the channel through its drawbridge at Tiverton, R. I., to a depth of 25 feet at lowest low water and a clear width of 100 feet, with two additional openings of varying depth. Cost unknown.
Pawtucket (Seekonk) River, Rhode Island. The improved channel passes within 100 feet of the two wharves at Phillipsburg and from 20 to 50 feet of the wharves in Pawtucket. The city of Providence has filled, or allowed filling to be placed, on the flats on the west side of the river below Red Bridge, and to compensate for any contraction of the waterway thereby, dredged an equivalent amount from the bed of the river a short distance above Washington Bridge. This work was done in 1894 at a cost of $5,443.86.
In 1884 the State commission having charge of the construction of the present Washington Bridge dredged the site of the old bridge and all obstructions between it and the present bridge to a depth of 15 feet at mean low water.
Providence River and Harbor, Rhode Island.-The city of Providence has dredged a channel along the wharves of the south face of the city opposite Green Jacket Shoal, and from time to time dredges