HC Deb 07 July 1874 vol 220 cc1221-2

asked the President of the Board of Trade, What number of Vessels have been detained for survey-by the Board of Trade under the Act of 1873 up to 30th June last; and, if he will give the number for each month separately?


Sir, the number of ships detained for overloading during the 11 months ended the 30th of June, 1874, was 22, every one of which was lightened to the surveyor's satisfaction. During the same 11 months 294 ships were detained for survey on account of defects in their hull and equipments. On survey 13 were released, and 281 were repaired or broken up. This showed, not so much a great number of unseaworthy ships out of 26,000 on the British Register, as the care taken by the Board of Trade to detain ships only on trustworthy reports. The numbers during the different months would be shortly presented to the House, with a Report on the subject.

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