Valley Camp Co. Will Use Local Terminal Again
Plan to Move Bituminous Coal Through New Lackawanna Trestle
First steel work for the new Lackawanna coal handling plant in the new harbor was erected Wednesday, and work was being continued Thursday, with additional
carloads of steel scheduled to arrive the latter part of the week.
About 15 carloads of cinders are being dumped daily to make fill for the ramp leading to the conveyors, and engineers Thursday expressed belief the plant would be in readiness for operation May 1, if not earlier, depending upon availability of the machinery and steel.
Announcement was made Thursday that the Valley Camp Coal company will resume shipments through Oswego, using the Lackawanna terminal. The company handles a large volume of bituminous coal to St. Lawrence river points, principally to Prescott, Ont., and word was received Thursday that among the first ships to come to the new plant will be the steamer Valley Camp. No Valley Camp coal has been shipped through Oswego in three years, because the old trestle now gone was not suited for loading ships of the Valley Camp type, as there is one hold on that ship. that could not be reached by any trestle chute, and as a result, the first time the Valley Camp came to Oswego, 24 hours were required to load her. Now with the new plant, she will be loaded in three hours, or less, with a medium of degradation.
Photostats of plans of the coaling plant have been sent to corporations interested, and additional business is expected through Oswego. Three of the largest companies handling bituminous coal on Lake Ontario have now made contracts for using the port of Oswego this season. They are the Pittsburgh Coal Company, Continental Coal Company and Valley Camp Coal Company, and officials would not be surprised, if, counting the 75,000 tons iron ore contract with the D. & H., and additional anthracite coal handling tonnage for that company. the total tonnage to be moved over the Lackawanna terminal this year will equal the high tonnage record of the old terminal, and perhaps set an all-time high tonnage record for the Lackawanna terminal in Oswego.