HC Deb 28 February 1876 vol 227 c1024

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether he will have any objection to lay upon the Table of the House a return of the number of British vessels laden with grain in bulk which have been totally lost, with their crews, within the last twenty years?


I find it difficult to ascertain what grain ships are loaded in bulk which are afloat; I should therefore despair of finding what grain ships loaded in bulk have gone to the bottom during the last 20 years. If a Return were asked of the number of grain ships, however loaded, which have been lost during half that period—that is, since The Wreck Register began—it might be made with a good deal of trouble and expense; but what end would be served? No one disputes that a grain cargo is a very dangerous one, and the Government are using their utmost efforts to check its mode of stowage under the provisions of the recent Act.