HC Deb 05 May 1854 vol 132 cc1307-8

I wish, Sir, to know from the right hon. Gentleman the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has received any account from Admiral Dundas of a successful attack having been made by the ships under his command on Odessa—that certain ships of war have been destroyed—that certain ships laden with ammunition have been taken—that all the fortifications and magazines have been blown up—and that there has been only a trifling loss on our part.


Sir, I assure the hon. Member and the House that I am perfectly willing to give them exactly the information which the Government have received. Her Majesty's Government received a telegraphic message this morning from Belgrade, and a communication has been received by the telegraph from Her Majesty's Consul at Varna, giving an account that on the 22nd of April seven steamers of war of the combined fleet bombarded the outer mole of Odessa, and the Russian ships lying within that outer mole; that the greatest caution was observed not to injure private property, and to respect neutral vessels; that they completely succeeded in destroying all the land batteries, the outer mole, and the ships in the outer mole; and that the loss on the part of the combined fleet was, comparatively speaking, small—I think only ten killed and eighteen wounded.