N&W in 1912--New coal pier

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Thu., April 25, 1912

Will Be the Largest and Finest Structure of Its Kind on the Atlantic Seaboard
Roanoke World: That the Norfolk & Western is preparing to spend large sums of money at Norfolk in the improvement of its pier facilities is evidenced by the fact that the arrangements for the construction of a new coal pier at Lambert's Point have progressed to the extent that a contract has already been let to Henry Steers, incorporated, of New York, for the breakwater, dredging, bulkhead and sub-structure work, which is to be completed under the contract within a period of nine months from the date of the contract
No further contracts have as yet been awarded in connection with the new pier which is to be the largest and finest on the Atlantic seaboard, but further contracts are under consideration and it is now thought that these will be awarded, especially for the structural steel work within the next week.
This new pier, it is understood, will be 2,000-feet in length and will be sufficiently equipped with trackage so as to admit of the loading of as many as seven sea going vessels at a time.
When completed there is no doubt that the harborage and facilities in and around Norfolk, with three coal carrying roads reaching this particular district, will make the city of Norfolk the greatest coal shipping point on the Atlantic coast and perhaps in the world.
It is understood that plans are now being natured which will mean many improvements for the tidewater section. The projected pier will probably necessitate the removal and relocating of the Lambert's point shops which will be rebuilt on a more extensive scale.
[This became Pier No. 4.]

Gordon Hamilton
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