Something New for Vessel Men and Warehousemen
This morning "Chester & Eddys’s Grain Conveyor or Shoveler," was tested in unloading a boat load of corn at the Starch Factory. Its operations proved quite satisfactory, saving one-half the manual labor ordinarily required in discharging a cargo of grain, and performing the work in the same time.
The machine is a simple appliance to be attached to the lower-pulley in the end of the elevator leg. It consists of a conveyer, divided into sections, which are united by a universal joint, rendering it flexible and movable to any required position, and extending the length of the hold, either side of the elevator.
Its operation is to convey the grain to the elevator from the extremes of the vessel without the aid of so many hands in shoveling. It is simple and effective, and saves fifty per cent in labor and will do more when its working becomes familiar.
This machine was made at Thomson Kingsford’s machine shop, and is the first that has been built, and is to be used at the Factory. It is worthy the attention of vessel men and others interested in such matters.