HC Deb 26 March 1877 vol 233 cc497-8

asked the President of the Board of Trade, If his attention has been drawn to the loss of the screw steamship "Alexandra," which, having been driven on shore near Clogher Head, county of Louth, on the 3rd of January last, was taken away on the 29th of the same month, with the intention of conveying it to Belfast, a distance of over a hundred miles, for repairs, after it had suffered serious damage, a great portion of its bottom having been carried away when stranded; whether it has been reported to him that it was conveyed with hatches off, and that it went down near the Copeland Islands, at the entrance of Belfast Lough, when in tow of the steam tug "Kingfisher," in consequence of the sea flowing down the unprotected hatchways, and that seven men lost their lives through this supposed neglect; and, if he will direct an inquiry by the Board of Trade into the matter?


Sir, the case is a salvage case, and the salvor's conduct may have been as stated in the Question. At all events, it seemed of such a character as to demand serious inquiry on the part of the Board of Trade, which was set on foot some time since.