Seattle Times reports new port at Richmond Beach, September 17, 1912

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tracy Tallman has been digging through the archives of The Seattle Times and found several stories of local interest, including this announcement of a new port at Richmond Beach.


The Seattle Times, September 17, 1912

Indian Oil Company Will Buck Standard
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Steamship Romany Brings in Cargo of Benzine Worth $175,000 From Wonderfully Rich Fields in Sumatra.
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New Port Opened at Richmond Beach
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Tankers Will Bring to Seattle Supplies With Which Fight Against American Trust Will Be Conducted.
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     Firing the first shot in what is declared to be a trade war between the Standard Oil Company and the Indian Refining Company and incidentally opening a new port on Puget Sound, the British tank steamship Romany yesterday put in at Richmond Beach, a few miles out of Seattle, to land 6,000 tons of benzine from the Far East, worth $175,000.
     
    Most of the cargo on the Romany was loaded at Singapore and had its origin in the wonderfully rich oil fields in Sumatra and Burma, which, it is claimed by experts, soon will be producing a large proportion of the world's supply.

     It is understood that whatever the outcome of the war between the Rockefeller interests and their new rival may be, the Romany's coming presages the regular arrival of a big line of oil tankers at Richmond Beach which, gradually, will be developed into a port of importance.

     The Romany is a fine three-mast, double-decked steel screw steamship of 3,983 tons.  She was built in 1902 at Newcastle, England, by Armstrong, Whitworth and Co., Ltd., for the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company, Ltd.  Her dimensions are:  Length, 350 feet; beam, 47 feet, and depth, 27.6 feet.


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