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along their property near India street in Providence. A report upon this matter will soon be presented to the General Assembly.

No definite action has been taken in regard to harbor lines proposed in the south county, one from near Saunderstown to near Bonnet Point and another along the shore opposite the District of Narrayansett.


The encroachment upon the Pawtucket river, near the extension of Tockwotton street, to the extent of several thousand yards, caused by the city of Providence in filling the shore contrary to the advice of the Harbor Commissioners, has not yet been removed ; but the city is under contract, approved by the Attorney General, to do this, and it is not anticipated that any trouble will be made by the city when the Commissioners request a compliance with the contract It is intended to ask the city to remove the obstruction at an early day.

Complaints have been made to this board of various minor encroachments which have received the attention of the Commissioners.

Permits have been given, under restrictions, in a few cases for the dumping of limited amounts of dredged material in other places than the common dumping ground below Prudence Island.

The usual care has been required to check obstructions and encroachments, by the dumping of ashes from steamers, unauthorized building from the shores, and in other ways which woull, apparently, in the absence of such care, grow into a serious injury in the public waters.

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Proposals have been received from the U. S. Engineer in charge, in these waters, looking to the preparation of bulk-heads or other barriers along the channels, behind which the U. S. Government will deposit dredged material without cost to the littoral owners. Some action has been taken by the city of Providence towards availing of this plan for the improvement of the flats from Hill's wharf to Sassafras Point.


On the first day of May, 1891, an act was passed prohibiting the discharge, or allowing to escape, into the waters of the Providence or Warren rivers any material from the making of gas which may cause disagreeable odors or defile the surface of vessels, or other property, or the shores, or injure the healthy growth of fish or shell-fish.


Licenses have been granted during the year for structures in the public waters as follows:

No. 140. January 21, to the estate of Alexander Duncan to drive piles and repair a wharf at the foot of Peck street in Providence.

No. 141. April 7, to the New York, Providence and Boston Rail. road Company to drive piles, repair and make additions to wharf at Wilkesbarre Pier in East Providence.

No. 142. April 24, to the Rhode Island Lumber Company to drive piles and repair the Manchester wharf on the west side of Providence river south of Point street in Providence.

No. 143. June 10, to the New York, Providence and Boston Railroad Company to drive piles to strengthen the foundations for coal pocket at Harbor Junction wharf on the west side of Providence river in Providence.

No. 141. August 5, to the Rocky Point Oyster Company to extend their wharf east of Gano street, on Wickenden street, on the Seekonk river, in Providence.

No. 145. Angust 12, to the Pawtucket Gas Company to extend their wharf and build a retaining wall on Tidewater street in Pawtucket.

No. 146. June 17, to the city of Providence to construct a sewer outlet on the west bank of the Seekonk river opposite Blackstone Park in Providence.

No. 147. August 20, to the New York, Providence and Boston Railroad Company to fill in withi earth the pile trestle approach to the Harbor Junction Pier in the city of Providence.

No. 148. November 11, to Augustus W., George A. and John E. Bourne to build a bank wall and bridge wharf at the corner of Gano and Wickenden streets on Seekonk river in Providence.

No. 149. December 16, to Thomas J. Hill to repair his wharf on the west side of Providence river at the foot of Crary street in Providence.

No. 150. December 30, to the Providence Corinthian Yacht Club to build a platform as a foundation for a club house, and to drive piles, in front of Allen's avenue, between Seymour street and Pleasant street in Providence.

Permission was also given on the third day of June to the Continental Steamboat Company to connect two wharves at Riverside.

Assent has been given as follows:

1. April 7, to Moulton, O'Mahoney & Trumbull to drive piles for temporary use near Field's Point.

August 12, to Seth H. Brownell to build a bridge wharf at Warwick Neck on shore of estate of George H. Dart.

3. August 19, to George B. Boyden to build a bridge across Bullock's Cove from Crescent Park to Richmond Point.

4. August 19, to Richard W. Comstock to build a wharf at Warwick Neck in Kent county.

5. September 9, to Moulton, O'Mahoney & Trumbull to drive piles for temporary use to guide the lowering of pipes for outfall sewer at Field's Point.

6. September 30, to J. W. Auchincloss to build a wharf on his property south of Fort Adams, on the outer harbor, in Newport.


By the courtesy of Captain William H. Bixby, Corps of Engineers, we have been furnished with a copy of the annual report to the Chief of Engineers, C. S. A., for 1891, upon the work of which he is now in charge, from which we have made extracts in relation to the work in Rhode Island waters, which will be found in the appendix. Captain Bixby has also furnished to us a statement of the work done under bis direction since the date of the annual report, to December 31, 1891, a copy of which will be found in the appendix.

Respectfully Submitted,


llarbor Commissioners.

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