HC Deb 09 May 1864 vol 175 c197

I wish to ask the right hon. Gentleman the Secretary of State, Whether the Government have received any information of a collision in the North Sea, off Heligoland, between the Austrian and Danish ships of war; and, if he has received any information, is it to the effect that the Austrians have got the worst of it?


My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Colonies received a telegram this afternoon at four o'clock from the Governor of Heligoland, in these words— Two o'clock, p.m.—Austrian squadron, consisting of two frigates and three gunboats, just engaging Danish squadron, consisting of two frigates and one corvette, six miles east of Heligoland. Result later. Since the House was sitting my right hon. Friend has received the following additional telegram from the Governor— Four o'clock, p.m.—Danes have won the action. One Austrian frigate is in flames, and she, together with the other Austrian frigate and gunboats, are making for Heligoland. They are almost in English water. The Aurora is here