Benton manufacturing contacts Edmond’s company about shipping some railroad propane tanks they are building. These tanks are destined for Norway, where they will be joined at the railroad wheel assembly plant and then shipped to the Pegasus Natural Gas Company of Europe. Benton Manufacturing is just about 11 miles away and needs to move these tanks quickly. Hauling them to the railroad and shipping them from there is too expensive plus it would take too long.
Edmond is glad to go and look at the plant, he needed to get away from it all for a short bit, this would be a good excuse. The manufacturing site is old and obviously outdated. A lot of old equipment lay around and the main plant is leaking steam like a sieve. That was not Edmond’s problem, it was theirs.
Inside the plant, the overhead track system for moving large sheets of steel on a chain hooks looked awkward to him, ancient by his standards. The welded cylindrical looking pieces moved along a conveyor style system seemingly efficiently, that was amazing. This assembly plant could make tanks from a piece of flat steel to a tube and then a tank in just two days.
Edmond thought this would be easy to set onto the deck of a long barge, they could put as many as 20 of these tanks on easily. And the short 125 mile trip would be completed in about 18 hours. As they went up the stairs, he looks up and sees a small thin cable going from the main office, over the floor to an office on the other side. This old system must be their way of passing paperwork quickly without having to run up and down stairs. There was a definite need for improvements, a bunch of it he thought.
After setting there in the main office, he got to thinking about that overhead cable system and suddenly realized something, this was the solution to another problem he had! He had long wondered how he could move more ore cars to the shipping dock located on an island a mile and a half away. It was now obvious, a cable system like the one across the manufacturing floor only on a much larger scale! Edmond told the manufacturing manager that the Dashburry company could easily help with shipping.
He couldn’t wait, now was the time to pitch the idea to one of his engineers at the office. Edmond went to see Blake, the same one that engineered the roller systems they used on the barges to quickly load and unload shipping containers. A simple rail system that allowed two people move those large containers around anywhere.
He explained to Blake the idea that he had about a sky lift for the ore cars up at Bremen Bay and wanted to know if something like it could work. Blake told him easily, just put up poles and run the cables. But this system would have to run over water from island to island Edmond said, I don’t know how far it is between islands, but it’s not that far. Blake said it wouldn’t matter too much as long as the water wasn’t over 50 feet deep, and the distance between the towers wasn’t too far because then it all becomes a slight problem with weight of the ore carts and cable sway.
Edmond was quite pleased with what Blake told him, so he left. His next idea was to contact a local up at Bremen Bay, one that knew a lot about the islands and the water around them. He thought of Caleb, the old fishing charter owner who had taken tourists on boat rides around all of the islands for years. If anyone knew about the currents and the depth of the water, Captain Caleb did, he was very knowledgeable in island history, since he had done a lot of fishing in his youth around the islands.
He said the water averaged about 20 feet deep in most places and that the currents usually caused problems for small ships but not a fair sized boat. The longest distance between the islands he figured was less than a quarter of a mile like the first island right off the shore. The other two were only about 800 feet between them, and the water was a little bit on the shallow side. The second island was not that far above the sea though, it might have been underwater at one time, he wasn’t sure but he knew the third island was small.
Meanwhile back home, Beulah discovers another surprise in Max’s cage, the second egg has hatched! Now there are two young parrots in the nest with Max.
From propane tanks to sky rails, wow what a chain of events. To find out that and learn more about the youngsters, please stop by to see more on “what happens at Pops Perspective.”