Hull Coal Trade – Falling Off of the Traffic.

August 1892

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 12 August 1892

Hull Coal Trade.

Falling Off of the Traffic.

The return showing the quantity of coal conveyed by rail and water from the Yorkshire collieries to Hull during the month of July shows changes which the Durham strike brought about. Its effect on the local gas coal trade seems to have been most marked, as it is stated that at least one Durham coal-owner who had secured a large share of the London gas coal contracts, having thoroughly exhausted his supplies, had to draw from various sources.

Last month the imports to Hull from Yorkshire collieries was only 210,208 tons, against 222,616 tons in July 1891 a decrease of over 12,400 tons.

The falling off seems to be largely accounted for by the decline of the gas and other coal sent by steamer from Hull to Loudon. In June last 27,540 tons were sent to the Metropolis, against 17,632 tons in July, or a falling off to the extent of 9908 tons.

In the course of the past seven months I,306,920 tons were sent against 1,304,672 tons in 1891, or an increase of 2,248 tons. The total quantity exported coastwise was 21,832 tons, against 37,184 in June.

The total exports to foreign countries last month show a large falling off. The entire tonnage which left the port of Hull in July was only 105,721 tons or less by 14,365 tons than in July, 1991.

In the post seven months there is another great decrease, for whereas during the present year 460,108 tons were exported, 567,654 tons were sent in 1891, the decrease being no less than 116,546 tons.

One of the most remarkable in connection with the return in the position assumed by Messrs. Newton, Chambers and Co., who in June stood at the head of all the Yorkshire collieries sending coal to Hull. In the mouth of June the Thorncliffe collieries sent 21,592 tons to Hull, all by rail, whilst last mouth they only contributed 7,104 tons. In the course of the last seven months the firm supplied 115, 472 tons against only 52,264 tons in the first seven months of 1891, an increase of over 63,000 tons.

The premier position in again held by Denaby Main, which sent 14,160 tons, being a decrease of about 4,600 tons compared with last year, and an increase of 2,400 compared with June last. In the past seven months the firm, which in short time will be the largest producing company in England contributed 107,568 tons, which was a decrease of about 1,000 tons compared with the traffic of last year during the like period.

Manvers Main stands second with 13,112 tons, a falling of about 650 compared with last year, and only about 30 tons less than was sent in June. During the past seven months the firm supplied 72,280 tons, a falling-off to the extent of about 8300 tons.

The following return shows the quantity of coal sent by rail and water during the last month, as compared with the respective period in 1891: