HC Deb 26 July 1875 vol 226 cc53-4

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether any convention or arrangement exists with Foreign Governments pro- viding for foreign merchant vessels being provided with translated instructions for the use of the rocket apparatus employed for saving life from wreck on our own coasts?


Sir, the Board of Trade have communicated with foreign Governments on the subject of the rules for using the rocket apparatus now generally adopted, and have sent them copies of the English rules, with the view of their being translated and put up on board foreign ships. The Board of Trade have always had printed rules for using the apparatus inserted in logs and other ship papers, and they require every master and mate to be examined in the use of the apparatus before he gets his certificate. Believing that the present apparatus is the best yet submitted, the Board of Trade have caused metal tablets with regulations to be furnished to British shipowners free of charge, to be put on board under directions of their surveyors. Her Majesty has commanded that two of these tablets shall be put on board Her Royal yacht. The tablets are also prepared in German and French, and can be procured in this country, and copies will be sent to foreign Governments.