On December 28, 1926, a potential client representing the United Sugar Company in Humacao, Puerto Rico, inquired about having his barge hauled at the Creque Marine Railway.
He spoke with Mr. Creque, who promptly responded with the price of hauling, 75 cents/gross ton, plus launching and each day on the rails.
Repairing the Barge
Four years later, Mr. Huyghes brought the barge in for repairs.
The workmen pumped the water out and repaired her hull plates.
Satisfied with the work his employees performed, Mr. Creque wrote to his client.
This has been the quickest job ever experienced on the ways…. no effort has been spared to expedite the work.
Although, in work of this nature, water is expected to percolate through the seams for a few days until the rusting up process seals it permanently, yet on launching, not one drop of water was made, thus proving the general excellence of the job.
The Barge’s Invoice!
It’s not known what other services were performed on the barge, but in 1930, the bill was over $3,200.00!
Its equivalent in today’s value, using the Consumer Price Index, would be close to $45,000.00!