HC Deb 20 June 1873 vol 216 c1229

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether the buoy which was formerly placed on the Platte Bone Rock, near the Island of Guernsey, has been removed, and, if so, when, and by whose orders; whether the said buoy still appears in the latest editions of the Admiralty Charts; and, whether any notification of the removal of the said buoy was issued by the Admiralty previous to the loss on the Platte Bone Rock of the steamer "Waverley," on the night of the 4th of June?


in reply, said, that the Admiralty had no jurisdiction over buoys, except in the ease of the dockyards. The buoy in question had been removed at the suggestion of the local authorities, inasmuch as it had so frequently been washed away, that there was no reliance to be placed on it. The removal of the buoy was notified to the Admiralty on the 26th of May, before the loss of the Waverley, and it had been replaced by beacons, and that was all the information he was possessed of on the subject. Notice of the change had been given to the channel pilotage.