Clipped from US, Maryland, Baltimore, Baltimore Sun, September 2, 1908

IIMaryland Company’* Oiler.In bidding for the colliers the Maryland Steel Company offered to build according to the deportment plans—one vessel off 7,200 tons cargo capacity and of 12 knots for $491,000. two such vessels for $482,500 each and three for $479,000 each. Th® first collier they agreed to deliver in 10 months and the other two within 12 months. For building the collier of ths same capacity and speed under It* own plans, the Maryland Steel Company's prices were slightly higher than under tbs Government's plans. Under its own plans it wanted $510,000 for one veasel, $501,500 each for two, and 498.000 each for three. The Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company bid $524,000 fo* one or for three colliers. The bids of th#New York Shipbuilding Company, whichranged from $51K,000 to $570,000? were all above the limit of coat allowed by Congress. The Cramp Shipbuilding Company offered one, two or three colliers for $525,-000 each.The Massachusetts Steamship Company, of Boston, Mass., which owns the thre® colliers, Everett, Melmae and Walden, and which last July offered the vessels tow sale at $525,000 each, did not submit * bid today. Its ships could not be altered to meet the new requirements of the Navy Department. All vessels must be equipped with coaling apparatus and have the machinery placed aft.Bids were opened by Truman H. Newberry. Acting Secretary of the Navy, and lawyers and daval experts representing the various bidders were present. The bt will be referred to the Board of C structlon before an award is made. Newberry announced that he will ask tor a decision at the earliest possible moment, so as to let the contracts and have tb® work of construction promptly under way.t Would Help Unemployed.If the contract for building the thres I new colliers for the United States Navy, on which the Maryland Steel Company submit* ted the lowest bids, is awarded to the Mary-lsnd Steel Company, about 1,000 additional workmen will be needed in the ahlp-I yards-of ths company at Sparrows Point.| Although a few would have to be recruited from out of town, most of I would be Baltimoreans or resident Sparrows Point. At a rough estimate, the dally payroll of these men would amount to from $2,300 to $2,500 a day, exclusive of the men working on other jobs In the' shipyard.Thirty or more different trades and lines of work would be represented among shipbuilders.of-i ;KJohn W. Grofnor Is Ooad*Buffalo, N. Y., 8#pt. 1.—John W, G(IaA OaJIaw a# in itieias n 11a m rl So