HC Deb 04 August 1866 vol 184 c2053

said, he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty, The names of the ships at present available in the reserves for immediate service?


My hon. Friend will, I trust, excuse me if I do not give him the names of these ships, but I am sorry to say that if I did so the list would be a very short one. I regret to state I find the reserves by no means in a satisfactory condition, or, indeed, in such a state as I had a right to find them —so much so that the Admiralty have great difficulty in finding relief for the ships that return from foreign service.