HC Deb 20 July 1866 vol 184 cc1164-5

said, he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to cause that portion of the East Coast of Ceylon to be completely surveyed which is put down in the Admiralty Charts as "partially surveyed," and which lies in the track of the Mail Packets between Galle and Calcutta, and also in the track of Transports taking Troops by the overland route?


in reply, said, he had applied to the Hydrographer's Department of the Board of Admiralty, and he found that there had been surveys of the greater part of the coast of Ceylon, which were considered quite sufficient. The west coast, the south coast, and the southeast coast had been carefully surveyed, and the only part not minutely surveyed was that between the south-east coast and the Bass Rock, extending over about 230 miles, which was very rarely frequented by merchant vessels. He had heard of nothing which would justify the Admiralty in withdrawing from the survey of this line of coast the vessel which was engaged in correcting the former surveys.