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City of London 1924

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Port of London]

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Offensive Cargoes—continued.

Date. 1924.Name of vessel.Owners.Infringement.
Oct. 14Sailing Barge " Daisy " ..W. C. DinesLoaded with an offensive cargo, to wit, house refuse, not properly and securely covered so as to prevent any nuisance arising therefrom, and also loaded above the coamings.
„ 23Lighter " Victory "Prizeman & Co., Ltd.Not thoroughly cleansed and deodorised within six hours after the discharge therefrom of an offensive cargo.
„ 28Sailing Barge " Eight Brothers "J. T. Rayfield, Junr.Loaded with an offensive cargo, to wit, house refuse, not properly and securely covered so as to prevent any nuisance arising therefrom, and also loaded above the coamings.

TABLE XLII.—Alien Examination.

Quarter endingNo. of vessels carrying aliens.Total No. of passengers.No. of aliens found suffering from infectious and other diseases.
31st March1382,7502
30th June1856,0653
30th September2309,3411
31st December1563,6276

The Shellfish laYings in the River Thames and within the jurisdiction of the
Port of London Sanitary Authority, range on the south FROM the Blythe Sands to
just beyond King's Ferry Bridge up the River Swale, the whole of the coast line as
far as Sheerness and up the River Medway and West Swale, affording feed and foothold
for winkles and oysters. Oyster culture, however, is only undertaken in one
place, namely Coalmouth Creek, opening into the River Medway. Here, there is
one private laying for oysters. On the east bank of the River Medway, from
Sheerness to Stangate Spit, there are two stretches of land, namely, the Lappell
from Sheerness to Oueenboro' Pier and the sand between Queenboro' Spit and
Stangate Spit which afford oysters and oyster spat. The proximity of Sheerness
and Queenboro' render these " public layings " unfit fishing grounds, especially
the Lappell. Spat and oysters are taken from these grounds for culture and
relaying in beds outside the jurisdiction.
The northern coast line of the Island of Sheppey between Sheerness and Warden
Point does not afford suitable foot-hold for shellfish, the nature of the cliff permitting
of erosion and the foreshore being either of mud or shingle ; this is in contradistinction
to the sands which occur along the Island of Grain and the Hundred of
Hoo, as also the Leysdown district in the Isle of Sheppey, where the land behind the
coast is flat and erosion does not take place.
The East Swale from its proximity to Queenboro' and the flow of the tide over
the Lappell is unfit as a ground for collection of shellfish for direct sale to the
public. Collection of shellfish for relaying goes on in the West Swale.
On the northern side of the estuary, the shore from Holehaven to Havengore
Creek is suitable ground for the growth of shellfish, but is deemed polluted from the
Chapman Lighthouse to well beyond Shoeburyness, owing to the large and increasing
townships of Southend and Leigh and Shoeburyness. From west to east
are included the Chapman Sands, the Bargander Sands, Benfleet Creek, Hadleigh
Ray, Leigh Sands, Marshend Sands, Southend Flat, Shoebury Sands and the
extreme eastern end of the Maplins.