HC Deb 15 July 1872 vol 212 cc1146-7

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, If his attention has been called to the condition of Her Majesty's ship "Zealous" by a recent Survey and Report; and, whether it is intended that that ship is to receive con- siderable repairs at Valparaiso to enable her to make the voyage home?


replied, that the Admiralty had received a Report with regard to the condition of Her Majesty's ship Zealous from the responsible officer of the ship, and likewise a statement as to the repairs which the Admiral was taking in hand in order to meet the case. Those repairs had not been made at Valparaiso, but the vessel had proceeded to Callao, where the Admiral thought there would be a better opportunity of dealing with the repairs. He had received two letters from the Admiral, extracts from, which he would read to the House. In the first, the Admiral said he should be able to make the ship quite safe for the voyage home, as that was the best time of the year for passing the Straits; and in the second, he stated he did not apprehend the least risk in the vessel going through the Straits. All the measures which had been taken were approved by the Admiralty.