HC Deb 19 March 1877 vol 233 cc112-3

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether he intends to prosecute the owners of the steamship "Prince," lost with all hands in December last, for over-loading, seeing that she had a cargo of pig-iron greatly in excess of 600 tons, the latter quantity being that to which she was compelled to unload, in October last, by order of the Board of Trade?


Sir, until the formal inquiry has been concluded it is impossible for me to say whether there is any ground for prosecuting the owners of the Prince. The Prince on her former voyage, in October, was compelled to unload down to 634 tons. Whether she was loaded above that amount on her last voyage, I have no means as yet of certainly knowing.