HC Deb 22 July 1872 vol 212 c1518

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether it is the intention of the Admiralty to send the Fleet to Portland on the occasion of the opening of Portland Breakwater by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on the 10th of August?


said, the Mayor and Town Council had memorialized the Queen to take part in the celebrations at the opening of Portland Breakwater, a work in which the late Prince Consort took special interest, and the result was the Prince of Wales had kindly consented to take part in the ceremony. As the Channel Squadron would be in the immediate neighbourhood on the 7th, it was quite possible for it to be at Portland on the day fixed—the 10th of August—without disturbing the arrangements already made.