A new anti-pollution "Bulldozer boat" is being put to use in New York Harbour. British?
SV Boat-dozer towards camera, carrying & dumping driftwood
CV Sign "Refuse Disposal Unit"
SV Boat-dozer with more driftwood in scoop (3 shots)
CV Boat-dozer picks up driftwood in scoop & takes it away for dumping (2 shots)
Initials SGM/0039 SGM/0048
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Background: A new anti-pollution "Bulldozer boat" is being put to use in New York Harbour. British built, it is called the Water Witch Mark Two, and was initially designed to clean up Britain's River Thames.
Twenty eight feet long, the craft uses an hydraulically operated wire mesh scoop on its bows to shift rubbish and debris from the surface of the water. Bought at a cost of forty seven thousand U.S. dollars (almost twenty thousand pounds sterling), the craft has impressed New York City officials, who have said that they hope the United States Army Corps of Engineers will purchase a number of them. The Corps of Engineers are the body responsible for the maintenance of navigable waters.
Other Water Witch craft are currently in use in Baltimore, Chicago, and Hong Kong.
SYNOPSIS: New York City have brought in a new weapon in their battle against harbour pollution. Its called the Water Witch Mark Two, and is virtually a waterborne bulldozer. The twenty eight foot long craft incorporates an hydraulic scoop in its bows to clear floating debris.
British built, the craft costs just under twenty thousand pounds. Several have already been put to use in Baltimore, Chicago, and as far away as Hong Kong. This one in New York was put to use for the first time on Monday.
This floating bulldozer is capable of shifting up to fifty tons of debris a day, and New York City officials are impressed with its operation. The craft will now be put to work on a full time basis.