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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Carter & Weekes Stevedoring Company


THE continually developing commerce of the port of New York to and from points inland, coastwise and overseas has caused a corresponding expansion in all of the port and harbor industries, and particularly in the business of loading and unloading vessels.

The stevedore business is one of the most important industries in any port, and most of all in New York, which has come to handle more in and out freight and cargoes for domestic and foreign ports than any other city in the world. Therefore it is that the organizing of stevedore service has here been carried on in the most effective manner by companies composed of men of special experience in the line.

Of firms of this kind one of the foremost in the size of its business and one especially efficient is the Carter & Weekes Stevedoring Company, of the Produce Exchange Building in New York. The business was established by A. G. Carter, William H. Weekes, I. E. Chapman and W. L. Chapman, and incorporated in March, 1907. Mr. A. G. Carter was the president of the company

from its organization until his death on April 2, 1918. William H. Weekes was then elected to the office of president, which he now holds, the other officers being C. F. Gregory, first vice-president I. E. Chapman, vice-president; W. L. Chapman, secretary, and C. L. Smith, treasurer.

The company transacts a general stevedoring and contracting business, and for its operations has gathered a most competent force of workmen and uses an equipment of the most complete and effective quality for the prosecution of the business.

They are the regular stevedores for several of the regular lines engaged in international trade, and for many owners and agents of vessels, doing a general business and accepting freights to any port. The twelve years covered by the operations of this company have been years of demonstration of ability to execute contracts for the loading and unloading of vessels, and other work

of a similar character, in the most reliable way and with the utmost expedition.

During the years from 1915 to 1918, owing to the large demands on the United States for supplies for the Allied countries, there was created at New York an unprecedented business in shipping goods to those countries, which came to New York in such volume as to congest railroad yards with train- loads of goods awaiting shipment. The demand for tonnage was tremendous, and every vessel that could, under all flags, belligerent and neutral, except those of the Central Powers, came to New York to get the full cargoes and high rates that prevailed at that time. The Carter & Weekes Stevedoring Company was one of the concerns in that line of work which came up to the full measure of the situation and was able to meet the needs of its regular customers. The management of the business is based upon sound principles and efficient service.

The European representatives of the company are W. P. Jobson & Company, 7 Camomile Street, London, E.C., England.

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